[License-discuss] [License-review] CC withdrawl of CC0 from OSI process

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Feb 26 08:28:03 UTC 2012

[Moved to license-discuss, as this thread has become highly offtopic for

Quoting Chad Perrin (perrin at apotheon.com):

> It doesn't help much that it seems like everyone working with lawyers
> wants to produce horribly complex systems of license restrictions, so
> that almost the only people who *can* read them are lawyers.

(Cry me a river.)

It's called 'realism'.   The reason well written licences have an
irreducible complexity about them is that they are obliged to deal with
real legal issues, e.g., the way warranty disclaimers are required to be
specific and 'prominent' (which ends up meaning all capital letters) as
a result of Uniform Commercial Code caselaw.

Defective efforts like 'Unlicense' are what happens when naive coders
attempt to create permissive licences, with results about as sad and
unfortunate as would be the case if typical coders were to attempt to
practice law.

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