[linux-elitists] Fwd: RFC: Freecell Solver Licence "Change"
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Mar 19 11:12:40 PDT 2009
Quoting Don Marti (dmarti at zgp.org):
> Why not stick with something that's already in
> /usr/share/common-licenses, and that people already
> know, unless there's a really compelling reason to
> do otherwise?
Some coders claim that standard permissive licences (BSD, MIT/X11)
are "too long and too complex". I boggle every time I hear that -- but
then I've never been a fan of the Hold Your Breath and Turn Blue school
of legal scholarship.
Anyway, the logic appears to go: "BSD is too long. MIT/X11 is too long.
I just want to grant maximal freedom. Therefore, I'll decomplicate
matters by revoking the work's copyright entirely by act of will."
To which, my answer to those people is: "Congratulations, your
"decomplicating" creates a slew of unintended legal complications.
Instead, you _could_ have had a straightforward permissive grant
at the cost of one line of licence, avoidance of warranty liability with
two, and that plus OSI certification with three."
_Of course_ MIT/X11 and similar are indeed far better choices, but I'm
trying to address the (bizarre, dumb) objection as stated.
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