May 4, 2015

HFOSS Quiz 2

In the first 3 Chapters of the SFLC’s FOSS Legal Primer, there was much background information on the types of licenses a FOSS Developer may choose, and why.

  1. When does a work become “copyrighted” by an Author?
    • As soon as it’s produced¬†and put onto something tangible (file saved, written down, etc)
  2. Without copyright, there could be no copyleft. What are the copyrights that an author has when they create a work, according to the US Copyright office?
    • Right to sell, reproduce, edit, distribute, and pass permission of any of these things to others.
  3. Free/Open Source Licenses fall onto a spectrum of Software Freedom. What descriptive words are at either end?
    • Restrictive & Distributive vs Permissive & Non-Copyleft
  4. When someone reliquishes their copyrights, this is referred to as what?
    • Copyright transfer

Below is a list of licenses. Please identify where on the spectrum each falls, and whether or not it is an OSI approved license.


True or False: You cannot sell GPL’d software True

True or False: You can fork a GPL licensed Project and release it under an MIT license? False

True or False: You can fork a MIT licensed Project and release it under an GPL license? True