By default we use the "BSD 3-Clause License" for all software we produce. Alternatively, should it better fit the ecosystem, the "Apache License 2.0" can be used instead.
BSD 3-Clause License
How to apply the license?
Add a file to the root of the project called LICENSE with the following content (replace
<YEAR> with current year):
BSD 3-Clause License Copyright (c) <YEAR>, VSHN AG, firstname.lastname@example.org All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution. 3. Neither the name of the copyright holder nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission. THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
What’s all this about?
You can do whatever you want with BSD-licensed code as long as you give the original author credit. Specifically:
Don’t remove their name from the code, and don’t claim that you wrote it.
Let others know you’re using code you didn’t write.
Don’t use the author’s name when advertising your own product.
Other than that, you can do whatever you like as long as you don’t sue the original authors. In particular, in sharp contrast with the General Public License, you most notably don’t have to:
Provide other people’s code together with yours.
License your own code as open source.
Provide your own changes to their code.
License text taken from Wikipedia.
Copyright (c) <YEAR>, VSHN AG, email@example.com
Standard copyright line.
Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met
You can do basically whatever you want with the code, as long as you do the following.
Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer
Don’t remove the license text from the original source code.
Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution
Include the license text when distributing a compiled version. This can be in an installer, manual, settings screen, or anything the user has access to. You don’t have to provide the source code.
Neither the name of the nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission
Don’t use the name of the authors or organization when advertising products made using it.
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE
You can’t sue the original authors if their code causes problems.
The 3-clause BSD license is one of the most liberal licenses. All it asks is that you leave the license alone. This means you can’t claim that you wrote the original code, and you can’t change its license.
The key part is the line after the copyright line and before the list of conditions. The BSD license only requires that you give credit where credit is due. It doesn’t ask for anything else.
Apache License 2.0
How to apply the license?
Add a file to the root of the project called LICENSE with the following content (replace
<YEAR> with the current year):
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We also recommend that a file or class name and description of purpose be included on the same "printed page" as the copyright notice for easier identification within third-party archives. Copyright <YEAR>, VSHN AG, firstname.lastname@example.org Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.
Server Side Public License (SSPL)
The Server Side Public License (SSPL) is a very strong copyleft source-available software license introduced by MongoDB Inc. in 2018.
We use certain software which is licensed under the Server Side Public License (SSPL). We think that’s OK for us, and we don’t violate the terms of the license, mainly because everything we do is Open Source and also because we’re using the software as part of a solution, not directly offering it as an individual service.
Internally, this is discussed and documented in VINT-2303 and the Products Workgroup meeting notes.
About the <YEAR>
The year indicates the date of creation of the software under protection. From this date, the copyright protection stays valid for 70 years.
Ideally, one should always specify the year in which the software to protect was created or last updated. But if you are mistaken by a few years, it’s not a big deal, because the 70 year protection period is valid for an eternity anyway.