[License-review] Request for Legacy Approval of PHP License 3.01

Russell Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Thu Mar 5 13:06:29 UTC 2020

On 3/5/20 6:44 AM, Lukas Atkinson wrote:

> Regarding the problem that “The fact that 3.0 and 3.01 are 
> substantively identical is no use to us at all”, I think it's 
> impossible to satisfy requests for byte-identical licenses in general.

It's not hard at all. That's the purpose of the legacy approval program 
-- to recognize licenses that no one would re-create in the year 2020.

Should people quit fricking with their licenses? Sure. Should they 
re-license under a reusable license? Sure. Can we make them? No. Can we 
refuse to approve a license which any low-IQ person can see compliance 
with the OSD? No, we cannot. All we can do is say "Stop, Don't, come 
back". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVznerpOkTI At least, by 
insisting on byte-identical licenses, we can make it easier for people 
to automate a check for claims of open-source approval.

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