[License-discuss] step by step interpretation of common permissive licenses

Massimo Zaniboni massimo.zaniboni at asterisell.com
Fri Jan 13 18:05:37 UTC 2017


I tried interpreting the terms of common permissive licenses following a 
"step by step" approach, like if they were instructions in programminng 
code, and I found with my big surprises that doing so they became non 
permissive licenses, or permissive licenses only using some 
"border-line" interpretation.

This is the case for BSD-2, MIT, and ISC license. Instead Apache-2 
license can be followed in a precise way, and its "step by step" 
interpretation implies exactly its intended meaning.

The analysis is in this mine blog-post:


Probably I'm wrong, but I'm curious to understand where. So if someone 
has the patience to read the post,  can report here a fault part of my 
reasoning, so I can understand better and maybe discuss?

Thanks in advance for any clarification on this subject,

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