Finding The License

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Title Finding the license
Overview Student will review several pieces of software and find the licensing information.
Prerequisite Knowledge Should have had an introduction to open source licenses.
Learning Objectives Students should be able to find license information (in any of the places it might be located in a package)


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This exercise can be done individually or in small groups. The goal is to identify which license applies to several pieces of software and where that license information can be found. I've provided some examples, each of which shows a different location of license information.

In each case, the student(s) should

  1. Find the site or software
  2. Locate the license information
  3. Record where the license information was found (for example, the URL of the page)
  4. Record which license(s) apply for each piece of software

Here are some good examples

  2. Wordpress
  4. Firefox
  5. Instagram
    1. Bonus Activity: Identify the paragraph in which Instagram identifies what rights it has to your photos.


Students should turn in their findings -- I've provided an example format here.

Software License Where Found (URL or other location)
Apache OpenOffice 4 Apache License, Version 2.0, January 2004 Under the "Open Office" menu, I chose "About Open Office". That dialog had a License button, which is where I found the full text of the license.


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Additional Information:

Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit What ACM Computing Curricula 2013 knowledge area and units does this activity cover? ACM_Body_of_Knowledge
Topic What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics -
Level of Difficulty Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?
Estimated Time to Completion How long should it take for the student to complete the activity?
Materials/Environment What does the student need? Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.?
Author Who wrote this activity?
Source Is there another activity on which this activity is based? If so, please provide a link to the original resource.
License Under which license is this material made available? (

Suggestions for the Open Source Project:

Suggestions for an open source community member who is working in conjunction with the instructor.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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