[License-review] Request - For Approval - Ritchey Permissive License v11
x1x2c3+osi at gmail.com
Sun Feb 14 00:30:31 UTC 2021
Submitting 'Ritchey Permissive License v11' for approval.
> Ritchey Permissive License v11:
> Subject to the terms of this license, any legal entity who receives
> material licensed under this license is granted royalty-free, perpetual,
> non-exclusive, permission to do anything lawful with the material which
> does not violate this license. Permissions are automatically revoked
> permanently from the legal entity upon breach of this license. The material
> is provided "as is", without implied fitness for any purpose. All
> obligations to the legal entity (including warranties, liabilities,
> representations, obligations, damages, and guarantees) are disclaimed by
> all parties involved (including the authors, rights holders, copyright
> holders, patent holders, and providers of the material). The legal entity
> is responsible for all consequences of sharing the material, and all
> obligations to recipients (including warranties, liabilities,
> representations, obligations, damages, and guarantees). The material must
> entirely remain solely under this license. This license is governed by the
> laws of the province of British Columbia (as they were on April 21, 2019),
> and the applicable laws of Canada (as they were on April 21, 2019). Any
> legal proceedings related to this license may only occur in the courts of
> British Columbia. The legal entity must be capable of being bound to this
> entire license, and agrees to be. If any portions of this license are
> unenforceable in applicable jurisdictions, this license cannot be accepted.
> The license text is provided under these terms.
First released in 2015 *(then named Comprehensible Open License)*, the
Ritchey Permissive License aims to provide wide permissions, and ask little
in return. It also strives to use plain language where possible *(this was
the inspiration for its original name, and originally was prioritized above
all else)*, and limit its size. The goals of this license are not unique,
but the manner in which they are achieved is. That's what makes it a useful
alternative to existing options, and is my rationale for submitting it.
In terms of comparison to already OSI approved licenses, the Ritchey
Permissive License v11 is most similar to the Zero-Clause BSD, ISC License
(ISC), MIT No Attribution License, Fair License (Fair), MIT License, and
2-Clause BSD License. These licenses are all short, and grant wide
permissions. But there are important differences.
Like the Zero-Clause BSD license, and MIT No Attribution License, this
license does not require a copy of the license to be included when
distributing a work. This feature could result in downstream recipients of
a work never seeing important disclaimers. Unlike the Zero-Clause BSD, and
MIT No Attribution License, this license tries to provide some protection
against that by shifting these responsibilities to the person sharing the
Like the Zero-Clause BSD, Fair License (Fair), ISC License (ISC), MIT
License, and 2-Clause BSD License it provides wide permissions. However
they use a whitelist approach (eg: you can do x, y, z), and this license
uses mostly a blacklist approach (eg: you can't do x, y, z). This
difference is important, because x, y, and z may not be interpreted as
intended. A whitelist approach prioritizes protecting a work. A blacklist
approach prioritizes protecting the freedom of people to use the work. The
MIT No Attribution License uses a blacklist approach, but the difference in
wording may make one license more appealing than the other to potential
Like the Fair License (Fair) which refers to products as "works" the
Ritchey Permissive License v11 uses the inclusive term "material" so that
the license can be better used with things beyond software (eg:
documentation, icon packs, etc). The difference in the definitions of these
terms may make one license more desirable over the other to potential users.
Like the Zero-Clause BSD, ISC License (ISC), Fair License (Fair), MIT
License, and 2-Clause BSD License the Ritchey Permissive License v11 is a
short license that doesn't include a definitions section like larger
licenses do. Unlike them, it binds itself to a jurisdiction, setting a
basis for how terms may be interpreted.
No legal review of this license has been done. None is planned.
I suggest the "Other/Miscellaneous licenses" category, because of its ties
to Canadian law. While the license isn't made for Canadians, this link may
limit its appeal to foreigners.
In summary, the Ritchey Permissive License v11 is similar to existing
options, but differences in features, or wording make it a useful
alternative. That's why it was made.
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