YAPL is bad (was: Re: Backlog assistance?)

phil hunt philh at comuno.freeserve.co.uk
Mon Sep 24 19:56:55 UTC 2001

On Saturday 22 September 2001 11:39 pm, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> Yet Another Public License (YAPL) is a bad trend.
> Ceterus paribus, more licenses are bad.  As the number of licenses
> increases, the disruption caused by an additional license
> increases.
> This is because interaction effects of licenses must be considered
> on a combinatorial basis.  That is, effects grow in a factorial
> manner.  The terms of each license must be understood
> independently.  The interactions of each license pair, *and each
> combination of licences*, must be considered.

What if, as part of the porcess of approving a new licence, the
proposer of the license had to write a rationale of why a new license 
is necessary, and why no existing OSI-certified licence exists
that does the job.

Is this a good idea?

*** Philip Hunt *** philh at comuno.freeserve.co.uk ***

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