Choose and use the right license for your software tool

Whether you are a software developer wishing to distribute your tool, or a user/programmer in need to use and/or modify a tool, you are confronted to licensing. Software licenses govern the use or redistribution of a software under specific laws. Two common categories for software under copyright law (which grants the licensee specific rights) are proprietary software and free and open source software (FOSS). The main difference between proprietary and FOSS license is the granting of rights to modify and re-use a software by a customer: FOSS software licenses both rights to the customer, while proprietary software does not license these rights (Wikipedia).   Software licenses on OMICtools   Following the general tendency to develop more open-source software, more than …

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