Re: [PHP4BETA] License concerns
On Tue, 20 Jul 1999, Rasmus Lerdorf wrote:
> > Btw I have another concern with the PHP4 licence itself:
> > 4. The PHP Group reserves the right to modify the PHP license at
> > any time and without prior notice, as long as the changes keep
> > the free and open source nature of PHP.
> > does this mean rectroactively changing the license of already distributed
> > copies of the software ? If yes, then it may clash with the open source
> > definition (I'm expecting comments here from people who know DFSG issues
> > more than me), if not, then this paragraph is not needed, since the
> > copyright holder can change the license anyway.
> This is not an attempt to be able to retroactively change the license. My
> view of this is that once a piece of software has been released under a
> certain license you can't go back and change it. This clause is an
IIRC there were licences which allowed changing retroactively (more
specifically, revoking the licence). They suck.
> attempt to be able to make minor license tweaks without having to get
> approval from every one of the hundreds of people that have contributed to
This is ok then.
> The wording may not be appropriate though.
Then please reword it more clearly :) You see I was confused... :(