[License-discuss] Any Free License, an open source license

Paul R. Tagliamonte paultag at opensource.org
Sat Nov 14 01:18:35 UTC 2015

Although not directly related, I started porting licenses to a machine
readable format in git repo at https://github.com/OpenSourceOrg/licenses

Eventually I'd like to even tag "releases", which makes stuff like pointing
to licenses approved at X date more interesting.

(Patches, bugs, ideas welcome)

On Nov 13, 2015 3:31 PM, "Christopher Allan Webber" <cwebber at dustycloud.org>

> Feeling reminiscent of the good old days, when the threads of identi.ca
> flowed freely with obscure licensing periphery, I have decided to try
> my hand at crafting where so many have dared to try (and fail) in
> penning an Open Source license worthy of the OSI license list.
> I decided to author the most open license of all time, for those who
> just can't decide over license minutiae.  Here it is.  Simply copy this
> into your programming headers and you are on the path to maximal
> freedom.
>   # Released under the "Any Free License 2015-11-05", whose terms
>   # are the following:
>   #   This code is released under any of the free software licenses listed
> on
>   #     https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html
>   #   which for archival purposes is
>   #
> https://web.archive.org/web/20151105070140/http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html
> You may notice that this license has a convenient upgrade procedure.
> I suggest rolling releases of the license over time, updating to the
> latest link available from:
> https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html
> If the OSI is not comfortable trusting the FSF license list at a
> particular date, one possible procedure in the rolling release system is
> that periodically, the OSI can review the FSF list, and make new
> releases based on verified and approved copies of the FSF license list.
> I would like to submit this license for consideration and inclusion on
> the OSI license review list, but am seeking feedback first.  At current
> writing, approximately zero users include this text in their
> headers--however, at best estimation, this license has thousands if not
> tens or hundreds of thousands of users, and I believe that its mechanism
> provides novel benefits, and formalizing it as an acceptable choice for
> those who wish to promulgate Open Source principles will improve the
> currently unclear situation.  Where others promise some freedoms, Any
> Free License delivers all possible freedoms, to the maximum extent
> permitted by law or currently recognized free licensing procedures.
> Any and all commentary to be derived from this email is left as an
> exercise to the reader.  But I assure you, this is Not A Troll.
>  - Christopher Allan Webber
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