Glad to see GitHub promoting a license chooser :-)

I'm still confused by their license terms though:

"By setting your repositories to be viewed publicly, you agree to allow others 
to view and fork your repositories."

They have repeated the same information on the new site:

"This means that you retain all rights to your source code and that nobody else 
may reproduce, distribute, or create derivative works from your work."
"Even in the absence of a license file, if you publish your source code in a 
public repository on GitHub, you have accepted the Terms of Service which do 
allow other GitHub users some rights. Specifically, you allow others to view 
and fork your repository."

So, basically, they are saying you can fork the repository, but you don't have 
any rights to "reproduce or create derivative works". Seems directly 

Anyway, I think this is a great step forward!

Tks for the notice!

On 15/07/2013, at 14:51, Karl Fogel <> wrote:

> Some of you may have seen this already -- from Ben Balter (of GitHub):
> We may want to consider linking to it from OSI's FAQ, but it would be
> great to get people's opinions first.
> Ben's announcement is below:
>  From: Ben Balter <>
>  Subject: Choosing an open source license doesn't need to be scary -- 
>  To: mil-oss [probably among other places]
>  Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:45:48 -0700 (PDT)
>  Launched a small resource today, to help software
>  developers make the decision of which license to use when releasing
>  software.
>  The site itself is open source and I'd love any feedback / pull
>  requests you may have. To make the process even easier, there's also
>  now a license picker when creating a new repository on
>  which will automatically add the license to the project.
>  * The Site:
>  * The Source:
>  * Full Background:
>  Cheers and open source,
>  - Ben
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