Open Source Licence for my cms?

Goran Svensson goran at
Thu Oct 17 10:48:12 UTC 2002

I am about to release a Content Management System written in Cold Fusion to the Open Source Community for free, the reason for that is partly because it is not possible to protect CF scripts, due to poor encryption, and I have also found lots of other compelling reasons to do so during my research in to free software. 

I have read many of the license in the OSI web and find it difficult to find a license that match my requirements. I am looking for a license where contributors have to make source code of modifications and scripts available to others and where I have the right to modify the terms in the License not Sun or Jabber etc and where International or the Licensors country's law is applicable or as in the Zope License nothing is written about it. I have found the one with a preamble useful when it come to understanding them. 

My problem is to find a license that are suitable for a mix of interpreted code (scripts) and source code. It´s also difficult for me to accept any jurisdiction than International or Swedish law.

For example the Sun Public License suits me well except for jurisdiction, source code and the rights to modify the terms in the License:

any litigation relating to this License shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts of the Northern District of California, with venue lying in Santa Clara County, California, with the losing party responsible for costs, including without limitation, court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses. 
6.2. Effect of New Versions.

No one other than Sun has the right to modify the terms applicable to Covered Code created under this License.


I think that Sun Public License or Jabber Open Source License have come closest to match my requirements right now, but not close enough. If you know of a license that will match my requirements please point me in the right directions and the right procedures for using it.

/Göran Svensson
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