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Why does CodePlex support non-OSI licenses?

Projects licensed under an OSI-approved license represent the majority of our projects. However, we do allow for broader cases of code sharing which may include the use of academic licenses and other custom licenses.

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Last edited Jul 31, 2013 at 1:05 AM by RMarron, version 111