Beerware license

Ben Tilly btilly at
Tue Jan 2 23:03:04 UTC 2007

On 1/1/07, Scythereal <scythereal at> wrote:
> Just out of interest, does the beerware license come under the open source
> definition, or is the obligation to buy the author a beer in violation of
> the 'free' aspect?
I think it would be determined to be open source if it was submitted.
(Note that you are only obliged to buy the author a beer "if you feel
it was worth it".  ie You are not obliged to buy the beer.)  However
if you like that license then I'd suggest using a BSD style license
instead.  My non-lawyerly understanding is that there is real value in
having an explicit disclaimer of liability.


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