Artistic Licence 2.0


To ensure that any modifications to the code can only be distributed by the User if one of three conditions are met, each of which provide some form of control or ongoing involvement in the development of the code.

Key features

  • Provides the copyright holder with some artistic control over the development of the package while still keeping the original package available as Open Source and free software
  • Permits copying, modifications, distributions and redistributions (but where distributions are subject to various conditions such a requirement to distribute your work for free or for a distributor fee). For example it allows distribution of a modified version created by the User, but restricts such distribution to protect the interests of the authors and the free-software community.

When should Artistic licensed materials be used?

Artistic licensed materials can restrict or limit you if you decide to use those materials in your work. You should check the conditions and requirements of the Artistic Licence to ensure that they can be complied with before using any Artistic licensed materials. Therefore, materials that are licensed under an Artistic License should only be used where your work (software or material) are of a general nature that can be released to the general public (eg it is unlikely to be commercialised) and where the source code can be provided.

When should materials be released under an Artistic License?

The Artistic License may be appropriate if you have developed a generic software (eg a general purpose interpreter) that would be suitable for general use, and the risk of that software not working or functioning is low. As with the other Open Source licences, the Artistic licence may not be appropriate if it impacts on any commitments that the University has made to other third parties (eg a industry partner), if your software or mate