Re: Hacking License
Giacomo Tesio writes ("Re: Hacking License"):
> On Mon, 10 Dec 2018 at 17:29, Ian Jackson
> > I think Giacomo would be well served by adopting AGPLv3+ and
> > nominating himself as licence steward.
> Thanks for your suggestion.
> Unfortunately AGPLv3 doesn't cover many of the issues I try to address
> with the Hacking License.
Well, these things are a tradeoff, aren't they ?
Are you more concerned about on the one hand, the ability of people to
use your code in larger projects, and distribute it easily, and so
Or are you really convinced that these other issues are showstoppers
and that without handling them in your licence, downstreams will abuse
their position ? Frankly that doesn't seem particularly likely.
I think maybe you are seriously undervaluing the benefits of using a
licence that everyone already knows and that is compatible with many
other Free Software licences.
> Also, changing the license steward on an AGPLv3+ could cause serious
> confusion to users in the long term.
I think you must have misunderstood me. I meant that you would avail
yourself of this paragraph of AGPLv3 s14:
If the Program specifies that a proxy can decide which future
versions of the GNU Affero General Public License can be used, that
proxy's public statement of acceptance of a version permanently
authorizes you to choose that version for the Program.
You would nominate yourself, presumably. Then if you engage with
copyleft-next and a new licence (an AGPL successor perhaps) appears
that you like you can use that.
Another alternative that you should seriously consider is to dual
licence your code.
Anyway, I agree very strongly with Ben Finney's criticisms of your
approach. I don't think engaging with the detail of your licence text
is a good use of Debian's time. Nor is this mailing list a good
drafting review panel anyway.
I recommend to my fellow Debian Developers that they do not try to
introduce into Debian a package with this licence. In particular,
I would recommend to my fellow DDs not to sponsor such a package.
That will save ftpmaster the bother of reviewing this licence.