Blue Oak Council

Blue Oak Council opens the software commons up to those who can’t find or afford specialized legal help by bringing experienced lawyer-technologists together to publish free, practical materials about software licenses.

License List

The council’s license list identifies and rates standardized permissive public software licenses.

Model License

The council’s model license uses all the techniques a license can use to make software free and simple for everyone to use and build on, in everyday language that everyone can understand.


The council’s examples show how to use the license list and model license in contracts, policies, and other written rules about software.


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