Software licenses similar to or like GNU General Public License

Series of widely-used free software licenses that guarantee end users the freedom to run, study, share, and modify the software. Wikipedia

  • Free software movement

    Social movement with the goal of obtaining and guaranteeing certain freedoms for software users, namely the freedom to run the software, to study the software, to modify the software, to share possibly modified copies of the software. Termed free software. Wikipedia

  • Free software

    Computer software distributed under terms that allow users to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, change, and distribute it and any adapted versions. Matter of liberty, not price: all users are legally free to do what they want with their copies of a free software regardless of how much is paid to obtain the program. Wikipedia

  • Free-software license

    Notice that grants the recipient of a piece of software extensive rights to modify and redistribute that software. These actions are usually prohibited by copyright law, but the rights-holder (usually the author) of a piece of software can remove these restrictions by accompanying the software with a software license which grants the recipient these rights. Wikipedia

  • History of free and open-source software

    In the 1950s and 1960s, computer operating software and compilers were delivered as a part of hardware purchases without separate fees. Generally distributed with the software providing the ability to fix bugs or add new functions. Wikipedia

  • Open-source software

    Part of the broader term free and open-source software. Type of computer software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to use, study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Wikipedia

  • License compatibility

    Legal framework that allows for pieces of software with different software licenses to be distributed together. The need for such a framework arises because the different licenses can contain contradictory requirements, rendering it impossible to legally combine source code from separately-licensed software in order to create and publish a new program. Wikipedia


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