[FSFE PR][FR] FSFE announces Software Licensing Best Practices

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Wed Sep 6 12:16:02 CEST 2017

 = FSFE announces Software Licensing Best Practices =

[ Version en ligne: https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20170906-01.fr.html ]

The FSFE launches today its best practises in licensing for Free and
Open Source Software project. Targeted at developers and companies,
these best practices show you how to make it clear to others what
license your software is being distributed under, in a way which both
computers and humans can understand.

A recent study [1] conducted by GitHub discovered that less than 20% of
the projects hosted on their site included a license. This is
problematic because, although most developers want to share their code,
without their explicit consent spelled out in a legal document, you
cannot benefit from their generosity.

If you want others to be able to use your code, you have to include a
license, and do so in a way which can be understood by humans and
computers alike. Attaching a license to software that humans can
understand can be challenging in itself. Making a computer understand
your license is even more difficult.

As a project grows, it will incorporate code from other projects or
people. This means you will have to keep track of and retain copyright
notices, respecting the licenses used. Careless licensing and omitting
notices can infringe other people's rights. This can lead to legal
problems for both parties.

The Software Licensing Best Practices guide [2] will help you include
license and copyright notices correctly in your software. You will avoid
legal problems down the road and others will be able to share your
programs in accordance with your wishes. Computers will be able to
understand your license and copyright and, most important of all, your
rights and the rights of others will be respected.

Visit our site https://reuse.software/ [3], download our guide and
spread the word to your colleagues and friends. If you have any
questions regarding licensing, don't hesitate to ask our experts [4].

 1: https://github.com/blog/1964-open-source-license-usage-on-github-com
 2: https://reuse.software/
 3: https://reuse.software/,
 4: https://fsfe.org/activities/ftf/licence-questions

  == About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==

  Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to
  control technology. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our
  lives; and it is important that this technology empowers rather than
  restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the rights to use,
  understand, adapt and share software. These rights help support other
  fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and privacy.

  The FSFE helps individuals and organisations to understand how Free
  Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination.
  It enhances users' rights by abolishing barriers to Free Software
  adoption, encourage people to use and develop Free Software, and
  provide resources to enable everyone to further promote Free Software
  in Europe.


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