Open-Source License Law and Legal Definition
Open-source license allows open-source software users to copy, distribute, or modify the source code, and publicly distribute derived works based on the source code. This is also known as general-public license. Usually, open-source licenses do not require royalty or other fees on distribution. It requires a user who redistributes original or modified software that was received under an open-source license to provide the original license terms, including all disclaimers, to all future users, and to distribute the source code with any machine-executable software.