For Approval: Artistic License 2.0

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Mar 14 06:23:53 UTC 2007

Allison Randal scripsit:

> The Artistic License 2.0 is an updated version of the Artistic License

Summary:  I think this license is clearly free and open source.  I
have a few minor criticisms of the wording.

> Definitions

It's useful to alphabetize the definitions.

>     "Original License" means this Artistic License as Distributed with
>     the Standard Version of the Package, in its current version or as
>     it may be modified by The Perl Foundation in the future.

Rather than embedding "The Perl Foundation" into this definition, I
suggest that you change this to "the License Steward" and then add the
following definition:

	"License Steward" means The Perl Foundation or its
	assignee under clause 15.

Clause 15 (which I've borrowed from the Common Public License)
would look something like this:

	(15) In order to avoid inconsistency this license is copyrighted
	and may only be modified in the following manner. The License
	Steward reserves the right to publish new versions (including
	revisions) of this license from time to time. No one other than
	the License Steward has the right to modify this license. The
	Perl Foundation is the initial License Steward. The License
	Steward may assign the responsibility to serve as the License
	Steward to a suitable separate entity. Each new version of this
	license will be given a distinguishing version number. A Package
	may always be distributed subject to the version of this license
	under which it was received. In addition, after a new version of
	this license is published, a Contributor may elect to distribute
	the Package under the new version.

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