The Simple Permissive License, v0.1

Tina Gasperson tina at
Sat Feb 9 15:18:30 UTC 2002

On Friday 08 February 2002 02:07 pm, Zooko wrote:
> Folks:

> Right now, I think that if the SPL can't get shorter than it is now, then
> it would be better that it didn't exist and people can continue using one
> of the BSD-new/X11/MIT/Expat licenses.  However, if it can get shorter,
> perhaps even by eliminating the preservation-of-license or
> disclaimer-of-warranty parts, then it would be worth having as an option
> for those people who love simplicity and permissiveness.
> Please direct all comments to <zooko at>.

Since I'm an editor, I love chopping words out. This won't fly with many 
folks, though, because of the lack of legalese.

"Everyone is permitted to use, modify, and redistribute this software, 
provided the above copyright notice and this permission notice are included 
with all copies, modifications, and redistributions."

This takes it from 46 words to 27 words.

Tina G.

> ----- begin text of The Simple Permissive License v0.1 -----
> Copyright (c) [YEAR] [AUTHOR NAME]
> Permission is hereby granted to any person to use this software in any way,
> including to modify it and redistribute it, subject to the following
> conditions:
> The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
> all copies or substantial portions of this software.
> ----- end text of The Simple Permissive License v0.1 -----

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