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Fast-Nop1602770dWithout proper licence, nobody else can use it without running risk of getting sued later. Projects without licence are a no-go for anyone else. That's also why Github urges projects to choose a licence.
Fast-Nop1602770d@BitFlipped you can download what you want, but if you actually make something with it and distribute it, as it is typical in open source, then you better have a licence for external stuff and understand its specific implications.
Open source without open source licence is read-only stuff.
Licenses are not for protecting the author's rights. They are for making them weaker.
@rEaL-jAsE Because without a license, it shall not be used at all.
All you may do when no license is given is read the code. You may not modify it, build upon it or reuse it otherwise. You may not even compile it.
Pickman49270dAlso you *would* think that code will not be stolen but... It will. I had this experience of a coworker copying the code including the license forbidding him from using it.
@rEaL-jAsE well it may depend on local legislation, but basically you can't get any additional copyrights by writing a license.
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