Software licensing resources

Below, a list of informative, interesting (or both!) writings about software licensing; the ASCL doesn’t necessarily agree with all positions in these articles, but we want to know what people are thinking even when we don’t agree with them.

EUDAT License Wizard
http://www.eudat.eu/news/eudat-license-wizard-guides-you-through-legal-maze
http://ufal.github.io/lindat-license-selector/

A Quick Guide to Software Licensing for the Scientist-Programmer
By Andrew Morin, Jennifer Urban, Piotr Sliz
http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1002598

Relicensing yt from GPLv3 to BSD
By Matthew Turk
http://blog.yt-project.org/post/Relicensing.html

Best Practices for Scientific Computing
Greg Wilson, D. A. Aruliah, C. Titus Brown, Neil P. Chue Hong, Matt Davis, Richard T. Guy, Steven H. D. Haddock, Katy Huff, Ian M. Mitchell, Mark Plumbley, Ben Waugh, Ethan P. White, Paul Wilson
http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.0530v4

The Whys and Hows of Licensing Scientific Code
By Jake VanderPlas
http://www.astrobetter.com/the-whys-and-hows-of-licensing-scientific-code/

Licensing your code
ASCL blog post http://ascl.net/wordpress/?p=726 lists the following:

Making Sense of Software Licensing
Choose a license
Open Source Initiative also offers information on licenses
White paper from the Software Freedom Law Center
Bruce Berriman’s post on relicensing Montage

The Gentle Art of Muddying the Licensing Waters
by Glyn Moody
http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2014/08/the-gentle-art-of-muddying-the-licensing-waters/index.htm

STM open license suggestions and aftermath

Open Access Licensing
Don’t Muddy the “Open” Waters: SPARC Joins Call for STM Association to Rethink New Licenses
Global Coalition of Access to Research, Science and Education Organizations calls on STM to Withdraw New Model Licenses
STM response to ‘Global Coalition of Access to Research, Science and Education Organisations calls on STM to Withdraw New Model Licenses’
New “open” licenses aren’t so open

Interesting talk on ITAR
http://www.state.gov/e/stas/series/154211.htm
Discusses dual-use technologies, which is what codes are under ITAR. These are governed by the Wassenaar Arrangement. The countries that participate meet 3x/year to decide what restrictions to put on dual-use technologies. Dr. James Harrington was the speaker. Slides available on that page.

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