[License-discuss] plain text license versions?
ben at reser.org
Fri Sep 7 18:20:55 UTC 2012
On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM, Ben Tilly <btilly at gmail.com> wrote:
> The location of the license text is not a provision of the license.
> Some licenses, for instance the GPL, actually say that you have to
> distribute the license along with the work. Others leave the matter
> silent. Either way the license is an open source license.
Right I realized that the location of the license text isn't a
provision of the license.
> You may argue that software with an uninterpretable license is not
> really open. This is not a problem. Open source does not mean
> copyleft. A lot of open source licenses allow people to incorporate
> the software in proprietary products, and you don't even have to be
> told it is there.
And yes that is exactly what I meant.
You're right I wasn't really considering the permissive licenses. I
can see why not including the license is an important ability for
> I have heard people who have distributed embedded software with GPLed
> components disagree with this. Adding the GPL inside of a device that
> nobody can interact with the inside of is pretty useless, and is
> frustrating when they are often left fighting for every byte. Given
> the number of devices with embedded computers, this is not exactly a
> small use case.
Another excellent point.
Thanks for your insightful post. I can see why people might want to
waive the right to require the license.
I do still think as an author it's incredibly foolish and counter
productive to not include the license text with your work.
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