23 MIT License

Read the article at http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has their own version of an “as-is” software license.  This license grants permission to the user free of charge to use and reuse their material/software in any way they see fit.

Key Points

  • Permits reuse within proprietary software as long as copies of the licensed software include a copy of the MIT license terms and copyright notice.
  • Proprietary software stays proprietary.
  • Explicitly states the rights of the user.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why would a person choose the MIT license over BSD or GPL?
  2. How does the MIT License differentiate itself from BSD and GPL?

Additional Resources

Free Software Foundation (2014) https://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

Berkeley Software Distribution (2014) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD_licenses


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