[License-discuss] Greetings, Earthlings! Need quotes for article
Jeremy C. Reed
reed at reedmedia.net
Mon Dec 19 15:42:16 UTC 2011
On Mon, 19 Dec 2011, Robin 'Roblimo' Miller wrote:
> Tentative title: Are 69 Open Source Licenses Enough?
69 is way too few. In my little research of just around 600 man pages I
found over 100 different licenses -- mostly due to slight wording
> My questions:
> Do we really need that many open source licenses?
> Is there any way to consolidate some of them, which would make life simpler
> for a whole lot of people? Or does each one of these licenses serve an
> essential purpose for someone (or some company)?
One way projects (like NetBSD) have consolidated licenses is to ask
copyright owners if they can change their license text to standard
boilerplate (or if they can re-assign the copyright and use a standard
But there is no easy way for this. Changing old codes' licenses is
difficult to near impossible due to difficulty to finding owners.
Some copyright owners are stubborn and may respond negatively even on a
In the case of significant license changes (such as MIT style changed to
copyleft), I find it bad taste (and a little dishonest) if code
contributors over the years shared patches because they knew the license
was of a certain type of copyright.
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