NASM License

Frank Kotler fbkotler at
Fri Oct 20 14:31:45 UTC 2000

William Abernathy wrote:
> This is my first License-discuss post. Standard apologies preemptively
> applied.

Jeez, is *everyone* new here? Perhaps you *should* be a lawyer, I think
you've nailed the problems with the Nasm licence perfectly!

> > By "the Software" this licence refers to the complete contents of
> > the NASM archive, excluding this licence document itself, and
> > excluding the contents of the `test' directory.

Except, "does this mean if something in the `test' directory breaks my
machine, I *can* sue?" :)

The Nasm licence may become moot, however. The author who doesn't like
GPL will apparently consider putting Nasm under this license:

Apparently this license has been submitted to OSI for consideration.
It's explicitly "open-source", so will probably pass OSI's scrutiny. It
addresses most of the points that you raise - e.g. defining who "the
authors" are in excruciating detail - practically establishes a
government! I guess it's better than the Nasm licence, tho I fear that
it will turn any development team into a debating-society.

Anyway, I suppose the discussion ought to turn to the dsf license.


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