Category Archives: FOSS Licensing

Handling Others’ Making Money From One’s Free & Open Source Software

For the creator of a particular FOSS product it can be a wrenching feeling to see others profit from the product while he/she himself does not make the same kind of money. It can become acute if the guys making … Continue reading

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Software Patent Violations – Very Tricky Issue Abroad – But Not Valid in India

Last Updated On December 30th 2011 United States International Trade Commission (US ITC) has asked HTC to change a software feature in its Android phone as it has ruled that the software feature violates an Apple patent! HTC has agreed … Continue reading

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Attribution May Be A Key Motivation Factor to Contribute Data/Content

As I think about how I can invite interested persons to contribute English & Telugu sentences text & audio content to raviiyer.org‘s Spoken English app., I am realizing that some persons/organizations may be interested to contribute data only if they … Continue reading

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Using CC0 “license” for Data

Last Updated on Dec. 15th 2011 http://wiki.creativecommons.org/CC0_use_for_data lists many organizations that use CC0 for data sharing. And here is a list of some organizations that use other CC licenses (Attribution,  Attribution-Share Alike, Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike): http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Data_and_CC_licenses An interesting post, “The … Continue reading

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Open Software and App. Stores (Walled Gardens)

Last Updated On December 18th 2011 I have recently realized that the Open Software and App. Stores topic is a very sensitive & deeply divisive one. So, from a mail exchange with friends on it, I have captured below only … Continue reading

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Source Code Under Apache License; Data Under Creative Commons License

Ravi General Note: I would like to say that these licensing related discussions are helping me arrive at licensing policy decisions for raviiyer.org‘s future software products in general, besides just the “Spoken English App.”. I mean the same issues would … Continue reading

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Are Text & Audio – Data/Content – covered by Apache License?

For “Spoken English App.” besides source code we will have data or content. In fact, the source code may be minor and the major chunk of the app. will be the Sentences Text and Audio content/data. So a question crops … Continue reading

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Follow Up Discussion on Apache License Seeming To Be The Right Choice For raviiyer.org

Last Updated On December 18th 2011 This is a follow up discussion (slightly edited) to the post, “Permissive License like Apache seems Best Choice For Maximum/Inclusive Use/Re-Use of Software Products”: https://ravisiyer.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/permissive-license-like-apache-seems-best-choice-for-inclusive-re-use-of-software-products/. GPL friend wrote: About GPL vs ASL, I know … Continue reading

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Permissive License like Apache seems Best Choice For Maximum/Inclusive Use/Re-Use of Software Products

Last Updated On December 18th 2011 GPLv3 may be the most inclusive license currently for allowing incorporation of existing FOSS code as well as allowing FOSS contributors of various FOSS license philosophies to contribute (For an analysis see the post: … Continue reading

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GPL Software Cannot Be Used On Apple AppStore!

Edited email exchange with friend is given below. ASL Friend wrote: As an aside, GPL software is not compatible with iOS. This is probably the last thing that matters to you (though it matters a lot to me), which is … Continue reading

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