The Kokua License

Ryan Mohr
Ryan Mohr
Dec 15, 2015 · 1 min read
The Kokua License
Copyright (c) <year> <copyright holders>
Permission is hereby granted to freely exploit this content in any way by anyone for any purpose, without warranty of any kind. Attribution is appreciated, but not required.

Kokua is a Hawaiian word, that translates into “extending help to others for their own benefit, without expectation for personal gain.”

Why another open source license? We wanted a simple license for projects on Kumu, that applied generally to all content (data, content, code, and more), carried a without-warranty clause, was easy to copy and paste into any project and was even easier for anyone to understand.

We looked at Creative Commons, Open Data Commons, and a number of other existing licenses but none of them covered all our needs. In the end, we ended up blending the CopyrightedFreeUse and MIT licenses to capture what we believe is the essence of the open source spirit: do it because you love it and try to give credit where credit is due.

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice.

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Ryan Mohr

Tackling complex systems at kumu.io while raising three amazing kids on the beautiful island of Oahu

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