Uses of the Artistic License?

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Wed Jan 17 03:10:45 UTC 2007

Ben Tilly wrote:
> On 1/16/07, Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at> wrote:
>> Ben Tilly wrote:
>> > Another project that comes to mind is Ruby.
>> >
>> It seems they're using a dual-license of the "Ruby License"
>> ( and the GPL.  The Ruby
>> license is clearly based on some version of the Artistic License, though
>>  it is quite different from the OSI-approved version; I couldn't say
>> more than that.
> Perl does the same dual licensing trick.  However some prominent
> groups in the Perl community do things that are not allowed under the
> GPL.  (Activestate comes to mind.)  Which is why I raised questions
> about "a lot of commercial uses of Perl code" rather than "all uses".

I know that, but the Artistic license part of Ruby's dual license is not
the same as the Artistic license part of Perl's dual license.

> That is what I was thinking.  But it is his case, not mine, so I
> wanted to be sure that I knew what was really wanted before I began
> asking people to be useful.

Fair enough.

Matt Flaschen

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