I have been looking at a piece of software which is under the MIT license.
Its probably good enough to use for debian, but I'd like to know the pros
and cons of the MIT license when compared with GPL or BSD. I guess the
author also would like to know them, maybe he will change to GPL.
Copy of his ("MIT") license below.
I release this software under the MIT license. (No, not the GPL
license. Mainly because I do not quite understand the GPL license
myself as I do with the MIT and the BSD types.)
The license conditions are reproduced in the file LICENSE, which
should be included in every distribution of this software.
Copyright (c) 2000 Mikael Johansson
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a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the
"Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including
without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish,
distribute, sublicense and/or sell copies of the Software, and to
permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to
the following conditions:
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included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
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