Open Source Content License (OSCL) - Other/Miscellaneous licenses
andrew.wilson at intel.com
Sat Apr 19 01:04:39 UTC 2008
Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Wilson, Andrew wrote:
>> Take new-BSD. Sure, new-BSD allows you to redistribute in source
>> and make modifications. So far, so good. But, it also requires you
>> reproduce the entire license text, including
>> THE FULL DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY IN SCREAMING ALL CAPS LIKE THIS.
>> Reproducing an excerpt with attribution but sans full license
>> is not allowed.
>> GPL has the same problem -- you are required to provide a full copy
>> GPL with each distribution of a derivative work and to mark each copy
>> with a disclaimer of warranty.
> This is true of GFDL as well. You have to reproduce the full license,
> with all conditions, unless the excerpt can be considered fair use.
> I don't think this is really an argument for using
> documentation-specific licenses.
Yes, it's true of GFDL, but it's not true of CC. A simple link
suffices for CC content. And even GFDL only requires you to put
*one* copy of GFDL in a document, even if that document is assembled
from multiple GFDL-covered sources. For multiple new-BSD sources
you are stuck with reproducing the full text from each licensor.
Allowing for "invariant" portions is the more serious objection
to using open source SW licenses, IMO
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