Software licences are designed to govern users’ use of the software products to which they are applied. Many software licences are designed to limit the activities which users may perform. Copying, redistribution and modification are common activities which a licence will restrict. Intellectual Property rights are carefully guarded by such documents.
Open Source Software is becoming increasingly common. It is now entirely possible to have a fully functional personal computer, suitable for home or business use (and meeting all the needs thereof) using nothing other than open source software. In many cases, the software licences used with such software will be quite different to those used in proprietary software.
This Open Source Software Licence has been reproduced by Simply-docs with the permission and approval of the Open Source Initiative and is designed to be applied to a wide variety of software.
The Apache License (Version2) is a free software licence created by the Apache Software Foundation. Whilst this licence, like the popular GNU General Public Licenses is a free software licence and is highly permissive in nature, it is not “copyleft”. Source code licensed under the Apache License may be used in proprietary software as well as free and open source software.
Under the terms of this free software licence, users are permitted to use the software, distribute it, modify it and distribute those modified versions. This software licence differs from “copyleft” licences such as the GNU licences in that modified versions of software do not need to be licensed under the Apache licence.
The Apache License Version 2 is available as a free document from Simply-docs.