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

Ben Ramsey ben at benramsey.com
Thu Mar 5 18:42:57 UTC 2020

> On Mar 5, 2020, at 12:08, Russell Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com> wrote:
> On 3/5/20 11:03 AM, McCoy Smith wrote:
>> 2. If this version is approved, will the steward voluntarily deprecate version 3.0, and if not, and if 3.01 is approved, should 3.0 be involuntarily deprecated?  I can imagine a scenario where the license list is filled with innumerable dot-releases of license upgrades unless a practice like that is adopted. [Yes, and I know that GPLv2 and GPLv3 are both on the list, but given the substantial differences between the two, that seems to me a different case]
> Licenses used by only a single work which have been obsoleted by a newer license should be deprecated by default.

FWIW, many (though not all) of the PHP extensions published at https://pecl.php.net are licensed under the terms of the PHP License 3.01. This is because it’s a recommended license on the account sign-up page here: https://pecl.php.net/account-request.php

Since these extensions are not bundled with the PHP core, they are considered separate works and also have separate copyright owners.

From a cursory glance of the top most-downloaded extensions, only one uses the 3.0 license (as opposed to 3.01), and it appears to have reverted from 3.01 to 3.0 in 2012 (for reasons that I do not understand). See: https://github.com/websupport-sk/pecl-memcache/blob/NON_BLOCKING_IO_php7/LICENSE


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