[License-discuss] FAQ entry for slight variations in licenses?

dmg dmg at uvic.ca
Fri Mar 8 01:27:11 UTC 2013

The work that we have been doing on the BSDs will probably help to
address this. There are some very small variations in the BSD that are
widely used.

For example, the word "Neither" is removed in many files that contain
the BSD otherwise. Maybe this word can be considered optional.

On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM, Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> wrote:
> A comment on the ISC license page (found by Engel- thanks!) points out
> that there is more than one variation of the ISC license. This is a
> common issue for the older permissive licenses, unfortunately.
> Driven by this question, I think we might want a FAQ entry that
> answers the following question:
> Q: "I know about a variant of an approved license that differs from
> the approved license by only one or two words. Is the variant also an
> approved license?"
> A: Something along the lines of: "Many older licenses have a variety
> of minor variations in the language. Unfortunately, it is not possible
> for OSI to review every variation, so we cannot say if a given
> variation is approved."
> Unfortunately, this is a bit of a non-answer, but I'm not seeing a
> good way to address it. Perhaps someone here can give a more
> useful/constructive answer that I'm not seeing right now?
> Thanks-
> Luis
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Daniel M. German

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