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

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Mar 6 03:32:14 UTC 2020

Quoting Russell Nelson (nelson at crynwr.com):

> 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.

Or, to put it a different way, the concept of open source is concerned
with the right to redistribute code and to make and redistribute
modified versions usable for any purpose without fee, but is just not
concerned with branding.

Choice of name is not a 'purpose'.  It's just marketing, and
restrictions on naming, overbroad or not, don't stand in the way of
exercising the right to fork and continue development.

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