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Re: Artistic License

On Tue, Feb 27, 2001 at 09:52:04PM +0100, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> Hi,
> There is a very long thread about the Artistic License; if it is
> a Free Software license according to the DFSG or not. Whatever the
> outcome of that discussion I think that it is clear that the Artictic
> License is indeed a very vague license. Which seems to be why the
> discussion is so long. (Even though I do indeed believe that the license
> was made in the same spirit as the DFSG when Larry Wall wrote it.)
> I looked on my system and could not find any packages that were
> actually licensed under only the Artistic License. All packages that
> are licensed under the Artistic License are (just as perl) licensed
> under both the Artistic and the GPL. This seems to suggest that if
> there are packages (or proposals for packages) under only the Artistic
> License that it would be a good idea/consistent to either ask the
> author to relicense under the Clarified Artistic License or dual
> license with the GPL.

In view of actual data (gasp), and the fact that John and my
discussion seems exceedingly unlikely to convince either one of us, I
suggest that we decide to do the following things:

1) Drop the argument
2) Not try to change the Social Contract
3) Reccomend strongly to all authors that attempt to use *only* the AL
that they use the clarified version instead, or that they use the
technique that Perl uses.  
How does that sound?

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