The Microsoft Public License and How It May Be Utilized

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The Microsoft Public License and How it May Be Utilized Table of Contents About the License 3 Description 4 Legal and Ethical Analysis 5 Compatibility 6 Legal Aspects 7 Future Implications 9 Current Programs 9 Comparing to Other Licenses 10 Conclusion 11 References 12 About the License The Microsoft Public License (MS-PL) is a type of license solution that has been endorsed by the Open Source Initiative for many open source projects. This license was designed with the intention of allowing users to handle programs that are linked to this license option with free access to the source code for a program. This is a program that may be beneficial to many people as it is free and easy to adjust. However, the freedom to work with this comes with a non-monetary price in that there are many concerns to see with regards to the compatibility of the system and its ability to work with many functions. Description The MS-PL license is designed with a series of basic standards used to handle the functions that come with operating a program in the open source environment. It is used to create programs that are free to be distributed to many places and to be changed around to anyone's content based on the needs that anyone may have. What this means is that the program that is used here will feature a source code that is open for all people to adjust. It also allows for people to make all of the adjustments that they make to the program open to the public provided that it is distributed with the same license terms as what was used in the original program. It must not restrict any software or other functions in a computer and it must not be given out with a cost attached to it (OSI 1). The MS-PL ... ... middle of paper ... .... 2013. Anderson, Paul. "Microsoft: An End to Open Hostilities?" OSSWatch. 9 July 2012. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. Apache Software Foundation. "ASF Legal Previously Asked Questions." Apache Software Foundation. 2012. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. LeBlanc, Dee-Ann. "Taking a Closer Look at Microsoft's MS-PL Open Source License." CMS Wire. Simpler Media Group. 6 April 2009. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. Microsoft. "Microsoft Openness." Microsoft. 2012. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. OSI. "The Open Source Definition." Open Source Initiative. n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. Paul, Ryan. "Evaluating Microsoft's Shared Source licenses." ARS Technica. 6 Aug. 2007. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. Poulsen, Kevin. "Microsoft: Closed source is more secure." SecurityFocus. 12 April 2001. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. PSE. "Understanding the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL)." Programmers Stock Exchange. 19 June 2011. Web. 12 Dec. 2013.

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