License committee report for January 2008

Simon Phipps webmink at
Sun Jan 27 12:47:59 UTC 2008

On Jan 27, 2008, at 11:59, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:

> Russ Nelson <nelson at> writes:
>> Title: The Simplified BSD License
>> Submission:
>> 13962:200709:epiemomifonkahmoahjh
>> Comments: The board sent this license back to the submittor because
>>   the license is identical to the FreeBSD license, yet the FreeBSD
>>   license is more well-known.  The submittor has refused to change  
>> the
>>   name of his submission:
>> 14760:oojmkoabkddapheodgme
>> Recommend: Modifying the New BSD License template so that the third
>>   clause is optional.  In this manner, both the FreeBSD license and
>>   the Dag-Erling's Simplified BSD License will fit into the template
>>   with no license proliferation problems.
> This is a gross misrepresentation of events, and your "recommendation"
> has not been discussed on the lists.

Please can you explain why the Recommendation above is unsuitable? It  
looks sensible to me, and as we all know the Board is free to take  
whatever decisions it wishes independently of the advice it receives  
on mailing lists.


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