new article on my homepage titled "FOSS Licences Wars", which
explains about the legal aspects, features and differences between
various open-source licences and their categories, and then gives some
recommendations for which licences to avoid using.
I also examine the issue of whether using non-copyleft licences (or
non-strong-copyleft licences) for popular software poses a risk to the
freedom of software in general. One omission from the article is the
conclusions from Brendan
Scott's study of the BSD licence in the context of Austrlian law.
Addressing it here, it seems on the surface to be far-fetched and
probably will not hold water in courts, which consider the original
jurisdiction where the licence was phrased.
The article itself, along with its DocBook/XML source is being made
available under the Creative Commons
Attribution Licence (CC-by) either version 2.5 of the licence, or at
your option any later version. Redistribution, sharing, or building upon
this work are encouraged as long as credit is given.
Here is an ancient article I wrote, that end up with different
recommendations based on what your goals are. It is slightly outdated
(QPL not being that popular anymore), but might still be helpful for
choose a free software license.