[License-review] OSI, legal conditions outside the "four corners" of the license, and PD/CC 0 [was Re: Can OSI specify that public domain is open source?]

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Tue Jan 3 18:53:13 UTC 2012

On 01/03/2012 10:33 AM, Chad Perrin wrote:
> I find it dismaying that your response to me seems so hostile, given 
> all I did was suggest that the Unlicense be *considered*.

Please see the discussion of "crayon" licenses at 

The point is that such things have done serious harm to developers when 
they've not behaved as expected in court. Thus, naïvely propagating one 
could be considered to be in the category of irresponsible acts that can 
damage others. In general I suggest that such things be discussed as a 
list of goals rather than an actual license prototype constructed by a 


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