super small licenses, good or bad idea?

Bruce Perens bruce at
Wed Jun 1 01:09:26 UTC 2011

"Use" is a specific right in copyright law, separate from "create a 
derivative work" and "redistribute".
You really should grant all three and maybe some others. By the time you 
get done it's as big as 2-clause BSD, with the additional problem that 
it's one more license for people to include in combinatorial analysis.



On 05/31/2011 04:36 PM, Jon Mayo wrote:
> I like to put a license that fits in a small comment in code I post on
> paste sites or short little C examples I leave on my website/blog.
> Sometimes I just make these examples public domain, but that seems to
> have issues in places outside of the US, so I was looking for
> something as small as saying "No copyright claimed, this work is in
> Public Domain, yadayda". There is the fair license (
> ) , while small, it is
> strangely worded. Fair License:
> <Copyright Information>
> Usage of the works is permitted provided that this instrument is
> retained with the works, so that any entity that uses the works is
> notified of this instrument.
> I had my own idea for a small license based on the Fair license, I
> called it the "Fair Enough" license. I realize that license
> proliferation is troublesome, so I have avoided using this license
> much or I try to dual license if I do toy around with using this
> license, but here's the text for your review:
> Copyright 2011<Your Name>
> Modification and redistribution is permitted if unmodified license is included.
> The works are without warranty.
> (some version I use 'or' some I use 'and', because I'm not sure which
> is right. I think both mean the same thing here because I'm giving
> permission for A and B, but I'm not requiring you to do anything with
> that permission)
> Here's my question, are these micro-licenses (which I consider
> MIT-like) sufficient enough to apply to small projects (generally a
> single source file). Or are they full of flaws and it will just
> backfire in my face if I try to run with this?

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