Monday, April 12, 2010

New License: MIT

Today I changed the license on all my code in Syntensity/the Intensity Engine to the MIT (X11) license, for the reasons previously discussed in this blog.

The MIT license is a permissive software license, compatible with the GPL, and similar to the BSD. It it simpler than the BSD license in that the BSD has several variants, some of which have clauses that are not immediately clear - which was recently pointed out to me. (What does "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" mean, exactly?)


  1. i think it means that you tell "this is great software because it was developed by XY" when you derive a new product. So you cant advertise it as product of original author if you derived a new one.

  2. That may be what it means, but tell that to a lawyer. It 'could' also mean that just mentioning what you based your new product off of is forbidden and that really kinda defeats the point.