Over time, other open licenses joined the scene, including Apache, MIT and BSD, with various layers of permissiveness.
We’re in a brave, new post open source world
Nadia Eghbal

It’s easy to overlook the importance of the standardisation of licenses that OSI enabled. Before OSI established the OSD as a benchmark, developers would have to defer to lawyers (even assuming they had access to them) to gain some semblance of certainty they had the rights needed to work with a portion of code.

With a public screening process and formal approval of compliant licenses, OSI approval for licenses unlocked the magic of “permission in advance” to use, modify and distribute code. I believe that mundane process improvement was one of the keys that unlocked the open source explosion of 2000–2005.

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