Build bright lines

Chris Zumbrunn chris at
Mon Apr 25 17:02:03 UTC 2005

On Apr 25, 2005, at 5:45 PM, Bruce Perens wrote:

> Chris Zumbrunn wrote:
>>  Nevertheless, I changed "any modifications" to "any relevant
>> modifications", which should likely help in this regard as well.
> If you want to work on Open Source licensing, it's important to build a
> little alarm in your head that goes off when you see the potential for
> litigation over the meaning of a license term. It should be ringing 
> now :-)
> Not all licenses certified here are stellar examples of clarity, but in
> general we should strive for licenses that establish really bright 
> lines
> rather than fuzzy ones that people argue about. Our clientele doesn't
> have the best access to counsel, and thus it is our obligation to make
> things unambiguous for them. I'd prefer not to make them discuss what
> sort of change is "relevant".
> Perhaps a clearly-determined quantity would be appropriate here.

I changed it to the Carnegie-Mellon style terminology of "any 


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