What we saw is that governments often create bespoke licenses. We find licenses that are, even for us, hard to interpret sometimes. We identified the creation of bespoke licenses as a larger problem, which is known for many years under the term ’license proliferation’. We wanted to understand what we can do about license proliferation. We thought this is necessary, because there are some problems commonly associated to it. When governments choose to create their own licenses, it takes time and resources. Bespoke licenses can create uncertainty for licensees. They also can cause incompatibility issues across licenses. With these issues as starting point, we were asking how we can tackle license proliferation.

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