[License-review] veto against Unlicense

Josh Berkus josh at berkus.org
Sun May 17 18:57:56 UTC 2020

On 5/16/20 3:30 PM, Langley, Stuart wrote:
> In my opinion its uncertain whether a court would treat it as a license.  Reasonable minds disagree.  It's more likely that a court would look at the intent of the dedicator, but because the Unlicense is written rather poorly there remains a non-remote chance it would be treated as just a failed transfer and leave the dedicator, but more likely their heirs, with a right to sue in some jurisdictions.  I could argue either side, but from a practical standpoint, that non-remote chance is enough that I do not advise clients to distribute software under the Unlicense.  

Oh, thank you.  Is this unique to the Unlicense, or a problem it shares
with the other very short licenses (e.g. BSD, MIT, etc.)?

Josh Berkus

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