[License-review] The Vaccine License

Carlo Piana carlo at piana.eu
Tue Oct 29 19:55:41 UTC 2019


Good intent yelds bad licenses and incompliance. I actually campaign pro vax, yet this license is not acceptable in the least bit. I am undecided whether it's a trolling exercise. Probably it is. I must have read of it somewhere else.

I won't insult this list members' intelligence by discussing why.

Please, stop it.



29 ott 2019 ha scritto:
>Honored Board Members of the Open Source Initiative and members in the
>license-review process,
>This is a submission for approval as per the license review process
>documented at  https://opensource.org/approval
>*Type of submission:* Approval
>*License name:* Vaccine License
>*Text of the license:*
>The Vaccine License
>*Version 1.0, October 2019*
>SPDX: Vaccine-1.0
>Open Source developers should work for good, not evil. The misguided
>rejection of vaccination is one of the greatest evils that has ever
>existed. The *Vaccine License* is a software license that requires that
>users vaccinate their children, and themselves, and that user
>make a similar requirement of their employees, to the greatest extent
>legally possible.
>The Vaccine License is derivative of the text of the Apache License,
>with significantly modified language and very different effect. The
>is reciprocal, and the grant of copyright and patent license rights
>applies so long as the user complies with local vaccination
>1. Definitions.
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>“Vaccine” shall mean a biological preparation that provides active
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>Disease Control and Prevention.
>“Complying Person” shall mean a natural person who, to the extent that
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>parent or guardian all vaccines recommended by their Local Vaccination
>Recommendations which are appropriate for the patient’s medical
>This requirement is waived only to the extent that it is not reasonably
>possible, for example if the person can not afford the vaccine, does
>have access to it, or can not make the vaccine decision without the
>of another party which will not agree.
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>Open Source software is used to commit all sorts of evil. Open Source
>developers contribute their work freely to be used in this way. It’s
>for Open Source developers to *ask for something *in return for that
>*But what to ask for?* We have chosen vaccination, because the need for
>is scientifically verified, because so many people are killed or maimed
>because their parents deny them vaccination, and because the ignorance
>causes rejection of vaccination is an easily-identifiable evil. There
>no legal ambiguities where rejection of vaccination is concerned, so it
>simple to require it in a license.
>The rejection of vaccination is not a distant evil. It is happening
>around you. It effects people you care about, but you’re unable to
>intervene. Or you were, until now.
>Here are some expected arguments which might be attempted as
>to reject the Vaccine License.
>Argument: *The Vaccine License does not benefit the Open Source
>sufficiently to be adopted as an Open Source License.*
>Refutation: *By improving the physical health of members of the Open
>Community, since it requires that those members get their shots, the
>Vaccine License is of greater benefit to the community than any other
>license that simply governs the use, distribution, and modification of
>Argument: *The Vaccine License Violates Article 5
><https://opensource.org/osd/#persons-or-groups> of the Open Source
>Definition <https://opensource.org/osd>, “No Discrimination Against
>or Groups”, since it discriminates against anti-vaxers.*
>Refutation: The text of *Article 5 *is
>The license must not discriminate against any person or group of
>Since any person or group, without exception, may receive a vaccine
>is medically appropriate for them, the Vaccine License does not
>discriminate against any person or group. So-called “anti-vaxxers”
>themselves by their misguided rejection of vaccines, but such rejection
>an *action *rather than *membership in a group.*
>Argument: *The Vaccine License Violates Article 6
><https://opensource.org/osd/#fields-of-endeavor> of the Open Source
>Definition, “No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor”*
>Refutation: The text of *Article 6* is
>The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in
>specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the
>from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.
>The Vaccine License does not include terms discriminating against any
>of endeavor. It only places a requirement upon Complying Legal Entities
>that, to the greatest extent legally possible, they perform that field
>endeavor using Complying Persons as their employees. There is an
>in the Vaccine License if such an action is prohibited by the
>*Distinguish (from other OSI-approved licenses):* There is not a
>license currently approved by the OSI
>*Legal Review:* The license was prepared by a licensing professional.
>the client's best interest, the legal review can not be made public. We
>note that other license submissions have not submitted a detailed legal
>*License proliferation category: *This license is not yet popular. It
>not duplicative of other licenses.
>    Respectfully Submitted
>    *Filli Liberandum*
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