The top open source licenses


Open-source security and license compliance management platform provider WhiteSource has released a complete guide for understanding and learning about open source licenses.

According to the guide, open-source licenses can be categorized under copyleft or permissive. Under a copyleft license, users who use a component of the open-source software must make their code available to others. Under a permissive open-source license, the open-source software can be free to use, modify or redistribute, but it also permits proprietary derivative works.

In addition, the guide reveals permissive open-source licenses are on the rise.