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Re: Standard non-copyleft free license?

On Tue, 18 Mar 2003, Branden Robinson wrote:
>> I don't think we really need to worry about whether a license
>> promotes freedom; we should worry whether a license restricts that
>> freedom or not.
> I disagree.  Our Social Contract says that our priorities are our
> users and Free Software.  This means that we expect ourselves to be
> advocates of and defenders of these priorities.

I agree that we should be promoting freedom. However, I don't think
that our licenses need to promote freedom, so long as they don't
restrict it. That is, I don't think I'll ever see the day where we
decide not to package BSD or X licensed software merely because it
fails to promote freedom. [If that indeed was the point you were
driving at... perhaps I've misunderstood what you were getting at when
you used "promote".]

> The job of a copyright license is to *grant permissions*. 

And often to restrict them, as is the case in the GPL (linking, etc.),
and many "no warranty" clauses.

Don Armstrong

"I was thinking seven figures," he said, "but I would have taken a
hundred grand. I'm not a greedy person." [All for a moldy bottle of
 -- Sammi Hadzovic [in Andy Newman's 2003/02/14 NYT article.]


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