This article was published in the printed version of “Open Source for You” magazine. A digital version is available here as a blogpost.
FOSS is intellectual property and therefore is an asset that should be protected. The owner of the FOSS has a right to decide and control how it can be used by other developers and the public, in general. Various types of FOSS licences are used by software developers. Many FOSS developers and designers want to release their work as open source projects. They also want to get recognised for their work. The open source community is vibrant because the essence of it is preserved through multiple iterations of the code. But there is a lot of confusion out there about what licensing means exactly. Licences fall in the domain of the law, which means matters related to it quickly become relatively complex… Read more at opensourceforu.com.