question before attempting an update on AFL

Bruce Perens bruce at
Wed Oct 29 23:21:44 UTC 2008

Isn't this Larry Rosen's license, not OSI's?

I think there is an issue of scientific integrity regarding a 
requirement to cite the paper. You are scored on legitimate citations to 
your articles for scientific reasons rather than licensing requirements, 
and this is an effort to inflate and distort that score by compelling 
others to cite you.

I believe it would be much more legitimate for them to cite the actual 
software. Perhaps there is a way of citing the actual software that 
would count as a publication and appear properly in supercite, etc.


Cengiz Gunay wrote:
> Hi,
> I am an open-source program developer working in Academia. I have been 
> using the Academic Free License 3.0 for an open source toolbox I authored. 
> But now I need something that AFAIK none of the existing OSI licenses 
> offer: an obligation to cite one of my scientific publications about the 
> toolbox in publications resulting from the use of my toolbox.
> This is a form of attribution, but so far all the attribution notices I 
> saw were either specific to opening a splash screen in a software or 
> keeping a attribution preamble within the source code. What I need, I 
> believe, is a completely separate concept than these. Therefore, I thought 
> I should add an optional clause to AFL 3.0 and post it here.
> My questions to you are: 
> 1) Are you aware of an existing open-source license I could use rather 
>    than modifying AFL? Specifically, if the attribution clause of a 
>    license is vague enough, maybe I could specify my attribution terms in 
>    the copyright statement.
> 2) Would you be willing to consider an update to AFL?
> 3) If you're ok with an update, what would be the best way to implement 
>    this? To leave the license as simple as possible, for instance I could 
>    specify that there's an additional, optional "attribution condition"  
>    enclosed with the source code to which the licensee has to adhere. I 
>    guess first I need to legally define the works or publications 
>    resulting from the use of my software.
> Thanks for your attention,
> Cengiz Gunay
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