[License-discuss] Approval request: Legacy License "MIT No Attribution" or "MIT-0"
atwoodm at amazon.com
Sat May 16 18:06:53 UTC 2020
This is a request to approve as a legacy license the "MIT No Attribution" or "MIT-0" license as an OSI approved open source license.
Simply, the MIT-0 license is the MIT license with the attribution requirement removed. As the MIT license is compliant with the Open Source Definition, the MIT-0 license is as well.
SPDX page: https://spdx.org/licenses/MIT-0.html
Please also follow the links about this license in that page.
The MIT-0 license is extensively used by Amazon, for sample code, reference code, workshop code, code in blog posts, code in documentation, and sample code published to answer sites. The purpose of the license is to avoid imposing the cost of maintaining attribution on customers that want to "do the right thing" w.r.t. open source license compliance.
We find it useful because any existing license or project that claims compatibility with MIT is necessarily also compatible with MIT-0. All I have to say to an open source lawyer or wonk is "MIT with no attribution requirement" and there is no more time wasted discussing it.
The text of the license is:
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this
software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software
without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify,
merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to
permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT
HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION
OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE
SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
Mark Atwood <atwoodm at amazon.com>
Principal, Open Source
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