Legal Repercussions of Open Source Software Licensing

June 2016

by Nicholas Shen,  for the Palo Alto Area Bar Association

Open-Source licenses allow for distribution of freely collaborated software. End user recipients can then review or modify the source code to further distribute. While these licenses can be individually tailored to each project, the most common licenses are those approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). All OSI licenses must conform to their Open Source Definition (OSD)…