discuss: Modified Artistic License (eNetwizard Content Application Server)
Robert Samuel White
webmaster at caofund.org
Fri Aug 30 06:21:50 UTC 2002
[ Please discuss this license. -russ ]
My license is loosely based upon the Artistic License and the PHP
The Artistic License is most suitable to my wishes because I wish to
maintain some semblance of artistic control over the package while
giving the users of the package the right to use and distribute the
package in a more-or-less customary fashion, plus the right to make
The Artistic License does not suffice because (A) I find it to be
written in a very complicated fashion (I don't even understand some of
the language contained within it); (B) it was largely designed for Perl
and C programmers and my package is written entirely in PHP; and (C) it
contains too many conditions that I do not feel are necessary.
The language I have borrowed from the Artistic License consists of the
"Preamble" and "Definitions" sections only. The "Conditions of
Redistribution & Use" are largely derived from the PHP License, with
some modifications. The modifications under this section were designed
to simply "maintain some semblance of artistic control over the package"
and to clearly prevent misunderstandings on whether or not any given
file within the package has been modified from its original version.
I don't understand the first sentence of this section; as far as I can
tell, anything distributed alongside my package would be fine; there
should be no reason for conflicts assuming that my package was not
changed, or it was changed in accordance with the license.
When you say "derivative works" I assume that you mean altering of my
package itself; this would fall under my license unequivocally. When
you say "combined works" I assume that you mean works that are created
using my package; this would fall under whatever license the user
selected for their own work, as long as they comply with the terms of my
license for my package itself.
I see no reason why any license would conflict with my own; I believe
that my license is very cut and dry and easy to comply with.
You are welcome to post my license to the license-discuss list with my
eNetwizard Content Application Server License
(Modified Artistic License)
Copyright Robert Samuel White, 1998-2002. All Rights Reserved.
The intent of this document is to state the conditions under which
eNetwizard Content Application Server ("Package") may be copied, such
that the author, Robert Samuel White ("Copyright Holder"), maintains
some semblance of artistic control over the development of the Package,
while giving the users of the Package the right to use and distribute
the Package in a more-or-less customary fashion, plus the right to make
"Package" refers to the collection of files distributed by the Copyright
Holder, and derivatives of that collection of files created through
"Standard Version" refers to such a Package if it has not been modified,
or has been modified in accordance with the wishes of the Copyright
"Copyright Holder" is whoever is named in the copyright or copyrights
for the Package.
"You" is you, if you're thinking about copying or distributing this
Conditions of Redistribution & Use
You may redistribute and use this Package, in source and binary forms,
with or without modification, provided that the following conditions are
- Redistributions of source code must retain the original copyright
notices and associated comments that are included at the beginning and
end of each file that is distributed with the Standard Version.
- If the source code was modified in any way, each file that was
modified must include the statement "this file was modified from its
original version" along with appropriate comments indicating how and why
the file was modified; these comments should be placed directly
underneath the first comment section of each file.
- Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
- The name of the Copyright Holder may not be used to endorse or promote
products derived from this Package without specific prior written
permission from the Copyright Holder.
- The names "eNetwizard" and "eNetwizard Content Application Server"
must not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this
Package without specific prior written permission from the Copyright
- Products derived from this Package may not be called "eNetwizard" --
nor may "eNetwizard" appear in their name -- without prior written
permission from the Copyright Holder. You may indicate that your
software works in conjunction with eNetwizard by saying "Product for
eNetwizard" instead of calling it "eNetwizard Product."
- You may not charge any fees for the Package itself.
- Use of any form whatsoever must retain the three automatically
generated META tags for all HTML output; these tags indicate that the
page was generated by eNetwizard and direct users to more information
about the product.
- Redistributions of any form whatsoever must retain the following
"This product includes eNetwizard Content Application Server, freely
available from <http://enetwizard.sourceforge.net>"
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY ROBERT SAMUEL WHITE "AS IS" AND ANY
EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL ROBERT SAMUEL WHITE OR ANY OF
HIS CONTRIBUTORS TO THE STANDARD PACKAGE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT,
INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
(INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR
SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION)
HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT,
STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN
ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
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