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

Russell Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Fri Mar 6 03:17:41 UTC 2020

On 3/5/20 5:03 PM, McCoy Smith wrote:
> Yes, but in the absence of such an agreement, the license potentially bars you from using that name or variants of it, less you lose your copyright grant.  Is that a right result under OSD?

Yes. The name is not the thing, the map is not the place. If you want to 
use the PHP license on a work other than one produced by the PHP Group, 
you can't call that software PHP. Tough noogies. Use a different 
license. For Very Obvious Reasons That Have Been Hashed Out Decades Ago.

Part of the problem with OSI being two decades old is that the things we 
hashed out and decided on twenty years ago seem to have been forgotten 
(even though the email archives are publicly available). For those of us 
with that history (I could name a few, but you know who you are), these 
discussions brought up with "Oh gosh, but what about this??" get tedious.

Let's argue about new ideas, not rehash ideas already discussed, albeit 
discussed when (I speculate) some of the participants weren't alive.

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