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An Introduction to Software Licensing

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posted on 02.12.2018 by David E. Bernholdt, Michael Heroux
Software licensing and related matters of intellectual property can often seem confusing or hopelessly complicated, especially when many present their opinions as dogma. This presentation takes a different approach: getting you to think about software licensing from the standpoint of what you want others to be able to do (or not do) with your software. We will start by developing a common understanding of the terminology used around software licenses. Then we’ll consider various scenarios of what you might want to accomplish with a software license, and what to look for in the license. We’ll also discuss some pragmatic issues around actually applying a license to your software. A list of resources will be provided to help with further exploration of these topics.

Webinar 024 in the Best Practices for HPC Software Developers series, presented 2018-12-05.


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), and by the Exascale Computing Project (17-SC-20-SC), a collaborative effort of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration