we have been dealing with open licences for such a long time now and now I am again unsure which one to propose. It is not an energy system but a VR (virtual reality) application. Because we can't put practice roofs and practice facilities everywhere we want to have solar schools to teach the construction of PV systems, we have developed a pilot application with a developer's office in Berlin that instructs you to mount a few modules on a roof in virtual reality.
Now we would like to grant a free licence so that it can be used by many people and also be extended (other mounting systems, other roofs, other languages, add an inverter,...). It should also be possible to use it for commercial purposes, but all extensions should again be made available to the general public. It would also be nice to name all relevant developers somewhere....
What do you say - rather "GNU Free Documentation License" or CC-BY-SA??? or something else???? If you have any ideas, please write to me.
All the best
Dipl.-Ing. Berit Müller
DGS - German society for solar energy
section Berlin Brandenburg
D - 10243 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 293812 67
Fax: +49 30 293812 61
District court of Berlin-Charlottenburg VR 7591 B
Hi Berit (onlist because the answer is general)
I think you will certainly need a software license if code is involved. Rather than advise on license choice directly, I suggest you look up this new service from the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE):
Free software projects can register using that URL to receive help from FSFE legal experts to become "REUSE" compliant. REUSE is the FSFE program to get proper legal notices in codebases. The FSFE apparently also offer a kick‑off workshop, an individual project evaluation, and direct contact persons in case of questions.
For all registrations prior to 8 July 2021, a jury consisting of FSFE people, some REUSE sponsors (like Siemens), and community members will select a number of projects, depending on their complexity, relevance and our own resources, for processing. I guess that means without charge too?
If you don't want to follow that route, I am happy to discuss
your licensing options offlist. But not before Wednesday because
I am booked out.
hope all goes well, with best regards, Robbie
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thanks for that. I didn’t think of differenciating between the 3D Pictures and the code. You’re completely right. We have to discuss that.
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