Quick Reference For Choosing a Free Software License
Forrest J Cavalier III
forrest at mibsoftware.com
Thu Aug 9 13:13:23 UTC 2001
> Oh, my! I most defintely do not want to discourage you, and the chart is not
> a bad idea, but your commentary is written as if you ARE dispensing legal
Rod, you are a very frequent contributor to the list, and I
don't want to discourage you. But... you have never criticized
a non-lawyer for posting to license-discuss. What is
different about a web page? It has a very clear, prominent
statement that the author is not a lawyer and it is not legal
advice (even though such statements are not required.)
This is a great resource! I like the page as it is, legalistic
wording and all.
To make it an even better resource, can I suggest:
- Provide links/references for the "some people think" or
other opinions. This is what readers will need to
track down case law and form clearer opinions.
- For the "community likes it" item, use the counts of license
types at sourceforge.net and/or freshmeat.net. GPL is the
most popular, so you can remove the '?' for that one I think.
- Add more licenses. (I wouldn't try to expand the table
horizontally, just vertically.) Are you going to do only
Free software licenses, not Open Source?
- Put the "Explanations of columns" further up on the page, and
set it as <H1>
- Change the "Does not restrict You!" to be "Does not restrict
the copyright holder." (Software users, not just authors,
will be reading the page too.) I think the paragraph following
is mostly ok, but the first sentence has the opposite meaning
from what you intend.
- The page isn't overly long right now, but if it grows, you
might want to split some of the sections into separate HTML
Keep up the good work!
Forrest J. Cavalier III, Mib Software Voice 570-992-8824
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