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User:Chriswaterguy/Blog/Licensing for Open Source Appropriate Technology
For Open Source Appropriate Technology, we strongly recommend either:
- The CC-by-sa license (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike)
or public domain.
- I.e. explicitly relinquishing all copyrights.
Note that saying "feel free to use this" does not have clear legal force - if you want to be part of the knowledge commons, choose one of these options.
That's speaking on behalf of myself and the Appropedians I discuss this with, including Prof Joshua Pearce (see his paper...) Vinay Gupta (creator of the Hexayurt Project, which releases its work as public domain.
Friends who share this philosophy of sharing include:
- Open Source Ecology
- AIDG - Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group.
- Alanna Shaikh's development blog, Blood and Milk, licensed as CC-by-sa. Blood and Milk looks at what works and what doesn't in international development - i.e. the principles of development. That's important when looking at appropriate technology - which is about understanding context rather than simply applying technology.
Why this matters
Watch out for...
Please avoid using additional restrictions which reduce the free flow of knowledge - see
Don't mix up "public domain" with "open access" - just because something can be accessed without restriction or cost doesn't make it public domain in the true sense.
So what do I do?