FOSS Licence differentiator web app
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Licence Differentiator

This tool attempts to help its users understand their own preferences in relation to free and open source software licences. It is no substitute for reading the licences themselves, and before placing any of your property under one of these licences, it is essential that you fully read and understand your chosen licence. The classifications of licence type that enable this tool to work are by necessity somewhat reductive, and therefore output of this tool cannot and must not be thought of as legal advice.

A live version of this tool can be found on the OSS Watch website

The code was originally written by Sander van der Waal with licence definitions by Rowan Wilson


Copyright 2011 University of Oxford 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

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.