W3C license

Matthew C. Weigel weigel+ at pitt.edu
Wed Sep 5 20:49:52 UTC 2001

On Wed, 5 Sep 2001, Rodent of Unusual Size wrote:

> "This has the beneficial effect of making it harder to create Yet
> Another open source license."
> I agree with keeping the number of essentially identical licences to
> a minimum.  I do *not* agree with accomplishing that by discouraging
> people from trying.

To address that statement in particular, it was reducing the workload
placed uon the volunteers of the OSI that had this particular benefit.

Realistically, paring down the number of submissions is as necessary
as paring down the number of approvals.  The only way to pare down the
number of submissions is, you guessed it, getting fewer people to do

Presumably, a license which does something new and interesting will
either a) have someone who already put in the time to develop this new
and different license, and is clearly motivated, or b) get a tenacious
third party sufficiently interested to do the work.
 Matthew Weigel
 Research Systems Programmer
 mcweigel at cs.cmu.edu ne weigel at pitt.edu

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