The Simple Permissive License, v0.1

Justin Chen-Wells jread at
Sun Feb 10 03:21:21 UTC 2002

I'm not sure you guys really want to chop out all the stuff about 
implied warranties and so forth. I know it makes the license long and
that's contrary to what yo'ure trying to do, but without explicitly
disclaiming the implied warranties of fitness to purpose and 
merchantability, you are probably open to lawsuits for damages from
people who lose money due to bugs in your software.

I know it's ridiculous, but we live in a society with ridiculous 
legal requirements. Or maybe they're not so ridiculous.


On Sat, Feb 09, 2002 at 10:18:30AM -0500, Tina Gasperson wrote:
> 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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