Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Dec 2011 22:24 UTC
Windows Yesterday, Microsoft finally unveiled all the details regarding its Windows Store, which will be the default way to distribute Metro applications on Windows 8. Most of the details are all pretty standard and mirror those of other stores, but there's one interesting twist that is sure to make a lot of you happy: Microsoft has made special exceptions for open source software.
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I've never understood the appeal of writing true public domain software. That's basically saying "Here, I worked my ass off on this and not only do I not expect to get paid or even acknowledged, but you can steal it and claim you wrote it, then sue me if I try to stop you".

Licenses exist for a reason: To protect the author's interests. If the author's interest is to create a program that is useful and helpful without risking litigation, a simple license stating "no warranty express or implied" is absolutely necessary. If the author wants the world to be able to benefit from his software and doesn't mind modification but wants credit, he can use a BSD style license.

And of course there's the GPL, which in my personal opinion actually restricts rights in certain cases, but taken as a whole it serves its purpose well.

In short, anyone who releases software as true public domain is bound to suffer for it later, one way or another. A couple of lines covering credit/attribution, warranty (or lack thereof) and distribution rights isn't that hard to write and can go far to keep you out of legal trouble.

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