Why do I need a license?

Contributing an unlicensed file raises many questions about how the file can be used. Can users modify it? Can they incorporate it into their own code? Can they use it in a commercial product? Distribute it to their customers? There's also no protection for the author. Is the author liable for errors, faulty work, or poor design? That's why we felt it was important to encourage original authors to protect themselves and the users of their files. Licensing the code is the best way to do this.

What is the organization clause?

If you choose to enter an organization name, it will be inserted in the following paragraph in the license:

Neither the name of the <ORGANIZATION> nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

If you do not enter an organization name, the paragraph will not appear in the license. Entering an organization name on this page is optional.

How is information from other submissions used?

If you have included code from another file on the File Exchange, the copyright information from that file will be included in your license.txt file. If the included file includes code from other files, their copyright information will be included as well.

If you want to acknowledge a copyright from a source that is not listed on the File Exchange, you can include the year and name of copyright holder in the Copyright Year and Copyright Owner fields on this page. Use commas to separate multiple entries.