Open Source Software (OSS) is computer software that is released under a specialized “OSS license” that grants users permission to view, change, and redistribute the software. Many varieties of OSS licenses exist and can generally be grouped into permissive licenses and copyleft licenses.

Permissive licenses typically grant users the right to do what they please with a software, including incorporating the software into proprietary products. When an author releases their software under a permissive license, the author is given no guarantee for how the software will be used / distributed in the future. Examples of widely-used permissive licenses include the MIT license, the Apache license, and Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) licenses.

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