Accidental Public License?

David Woolley forums at
Wed Apr 6 21:18:18 UTC 2011

Allison Randal wrote:
> I have accidentally given birth to a new copyleft license. I've received 
> a request for permission to use my "Simplified GPL" for an open source 
> project:

 > "You" means any individual exercising the rights granted in this License.

I believe that "individual" means natural person, whereas I believe the 
GPL applies to legal persons.

 >  c) provide to the user any information necessary to install modified 
versions from the Source Code.

Looks like a promise of open ended free consultancy to people anywhere 

 > 4) You may Distribute a Work or Modified Work as Object Code, 
provided that you satisfy the requirements of sections 2 or 3, and 
provided that you make the corresponding Source Code available to the 
user under this License.

 > 5) You may charge any price or no price for each Work or Modified 
Work that you Distribute, and you may offer support or warranty 
protection for a fee.

So charge USD 100,000,000,000 for the source code and I don't think 
anyone will exercise their section 4 rights!

"Modified" is a can of worms.

David Woolley
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