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Open Source License Trivia

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The world of open source licenses is really quite interesting if you give it a chance. The premise of taking the restrictive presumption of copyright law and using it to do the opposite, that is, grant a broad range of rights creates some interesting license language, to say the least. Although legal concerns around may be new to many people still, some of the licenses have storied pasts. Here's a sampler of open source license trivia to memorize for your next local pub quiz night.

BSD: Long History, Short License

The popular and oft-used BSD License has a long and robust history for such a short piece of text. The license was first used in 1980 for the Berkeley Source Distribution, a version of the UNIX operating system.

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