Free Software Licensing Strategy -- Some guidelines

kmself at kmself at
Wed Jan 17 20:46:03 UTC 2001

on Wed, Jan 17, 2001 at 10:43:58AM +1100, Andrew J Bromage (Andrew.Bromage at wrote:
> G'day all.
> Karsten, you've done an excellent job with this.  There is one point
> that I'd like to make which might be worth adding, as it's a common
> misconception.
> On Tue, Jan 16, 2001 at 02:11:24AM -0800, kmself at wrote:
> > The Artistic License is notable for its use with the Perl programming
> > language, however, it's a somewhat eclectic and ambiguous document.
> The author of Perl and the Artistic License, Larry Wall, has publically
> stated several times that it was specifically designed to be used as
> part of a dual licensing scheme only.  For example:
> When choosing the Artistic License, if you ignore Larry's advice and
> do not dual license with some other open source licence, you do so at
> your own legal risk.

Thank you!  I was completely unaware of this.

Larry's comments, particularly about dual licensing being a neat hack
and self-propogating (Self-propogating?) meme are interesting as well.

Karsten M. Self <kmself at>
 What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?       There is no K5 cabal
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