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

Ben Ramsey ben at benramsey.com
Thu Mar 5 18:58:54 UTC 2020

> On Mar 5, 2020, at 11:40, Pamela Chestek <pamela at chesteklegal.com> wrote:
> On 3/5/2020 12:06 PM, VanL wrote:
>> More broadly, I don't see a problem OSD #3-wise with limitations on trademark rights, assuming that they don't try to tramp on nominative use.
> Agree wholeheartedly with Van. I read this as not allowing a trademark use but allowing a nominative use, which is how I read the Apache license too.

Yes. This is exactly the intent. The license allows nominative use of “PHP” but does not allow anyone to name their derivative work in such a way that would suggest sponsorship or endorsement by the PHP project.

This has come up a few times over the years but has always been dealt with amicably (by my recollection). One example case was Facebook’s use of “HPHP,” which they internally referred to as “Hyper PHP.” When they chose to release the source code, they renamed it to “HipHop for PHP” (and now as “HHVM”) to avoid any licensing issues.


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