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Re: Choosing a License: GNU APL? AFL 3.0?

On Sun, 30 Dec 2007 17:51:44 +0000 Sean B. Palmer wrote:

> On Dec 30, 2007 4:59 PM, Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> wrote:
> > Please don't take offense for this, but I think that your needs are
> > not so critical that they cannot be bent a little to be satisfied by
> > an existing license.
> Well several licenses have parts of what I need, but there's no
> license which has all of what I need. I've found that the CDDL comes
> closest on the OSI's "popular licenses" list:

The CDDL is a poor license choice: see


> A = Allows short statement of application
> B = Preserves copyright statements and notices
> C = Allows distribution without full license text

I am not able to see C as a reasonable requirement: including the full
license text when redistributing is something that should be done anyway
as a matter of clarity (so that recipients know their rights, even when
they don't have an Internet connection).
Hence, mandating it as a condition for the permission to reditribute
does not seem to be a bad thing.

Please reconsider your requirements: I would recommend you to drop C

> D = License is or may be fixed to exclude later versions

D is a very agreeable requirement, from my point of view.  I tend to
keep an eye on this feature, when I analyze licenses.

>                            | A | B | C | D |
> ---------------------------+---+---+---+---+
>               Modified BSD | Y | N | N | Y |
>                        MIT | Y | N | N | Y |

Are we sure that B is N for the 3-clause BSD license and for the
Expat/MIT license?
If I understand requirement B correctly, I would say that B is Y for
these two licenses.

> But that column C failure is a shame.

No, it's a feature, I would say!  ;-)

> > Please do _not_ reply to my personal e-mail address
> Whoops, sorry. I just hit "Reply to all" in my email client; "Reply"
> would have sent it to you personally only. My email client is Google
> Mail, so you might want to complain to its maintainer.

No, I might want to complain to the users of that privacy bomb:


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