Request for Approval -- Chicken Dance License

Simon Phipps webmink at
Fri Mar 25 16:56:24 UTC 2011

Clause 4 appears to conflict with OSD clause 5 because people with disabilities or cultural obligations preventing them from either singing or dancing (or religious issues portraying chickens) would not have equal freedoms under the license. It also violates OSD clause 6 as it would prevent use in the plinth industry. There are also difficulties concerning dependence on contact information being up-to-date such that freedoms would cease to be available in the event <OWNER> becomes uncontactable.

For these reasons, rather than due to either an impaired sense of humour or your failure to send the e-mail on April 1st, I would recommend the license not be approved.


Simon Phipps,

On 25 Mar 2011, at 05:54, Andrew Harris wrote:

> Hello,
> I am writing to seek OSI approval and/or constructive criticism for a
> license that has been two years in the making, on and off (mostly off). It
> is called the Chicken Dance License, and I have finalized version 0.1 today.
> The v0.1 license text maybe found at
>, which is a snapshot of the license
> text from its github repo at
> From reading the license proliferation page (note: I had to find a cached
> version, seems to be down), I would categorize this one
> as 'Miscellaneous'.
> The purpose of this license is to make intellectual property far more
> entertaining to deal with. Rather than boring old GPL violations or
> licensing agreements for GPL software, entertaining video of people doing
> the chicken dance is produced. If this was taken to court, CDL violators may
> even have to perform the chicken dance retroactively!
> We all want fewer lawyers in software, but that isn't always possible. We
> might as well dress up the ugly legal side of it all with classic Swiss
> polka.
> You will notice that the license is very BSD-like. I figured this was a good
> place to start for the CDL. It's easy to understand and relatively short. Of
> note are my fourth clause and the disclaimer I added relieving oneself of
> liability from injuries and expenses sustained from performing the chicken
> dance.
> I await your scrutiny.
> -tuna

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