Formal Request for Approval: Simplified Artistic License
Robert Samuel White
webmaster at enetwizard.net
Mon Oct 28 07:25:15 UTC 2002
[My apologies if you receive this twice; I thought I sent it in text
format the first time...]
This is a formal request that the OSI Board approve the license I have
created, the Simplified Artistic License. I have patiently listened to
all feedback regarding this license and adjusted it accordingly. I have
also considered using every other license that has been approved by the
OSI; however none of them are appropriate to my needs, as will be
clearly stated below. I believe this license fully complies with the
requirements of the OSD as well as the spirit of open source itself. I
offer this license as a template so that it may be freely used by
anyone. I hereby officially place this license into the public domain.
Please grant this license into the family of approved licenses. Thank
This license is available at: http://about.enetwizard.net/license.ehtml
and below as a template.
Information about my project (offered under this license) is available
The Simplified Artistic License is loosely based upon the Artistic
License. My license is based upon the Artistic License because I wish
to maintain some semblance of artistic control over my package, while
allowing the users of the package to use and distribute the package in a
more-or-less customary fashion, plus the right to make reasonable
modifications. The Artistic License does not meet my needs for the
A. The license makes many references to Perl and C code; software
artists use many different programming languages.
B. The license places too many restrictions on the user which are
unnecessary to my package.
C. The license places too many conditions, some of which are
archaic to modern day development of the web environment.
D. The language is too complicated; I do not feel such complicated
language is necessary for a license with few restrictions.
As of yet, the points behind the need for the Simplified Artistic
License have not been answered by anyone citing a similar suitable
license. Only the AFL has been suggested, and Larry Rosen's post on the
subject shows why it is unsuitable. An artistic license is appropriate
for those who consider their packages to be artistic works and feel
strongly about "maintaining some semblance of artistic control" over
their packages. As such, the Simplified Artistic License has its place
among the family of approved licenses, and makes a suitable alternative
to the already-approved Artistic License.
The Simplified Artistic License is considerably different than the
Artistic License and therefore explaining exactly how it has changed
would be difficult. However, in the interest of fully complying with
the formal instructions placed on the OSI website, I will attempt to do
A. The Simplified Artistic License removes most of the restrictions
and conditions which are a part of the Artistic License.
B. The Simplified Artistic License requires that the Attribution
Notice contained within the source files not be modified.
C. The Simplified Artistic License requires that changes to the
source files (if planned for distribution) be properly documented in
order to avoid confusion with the original package.
That is pretty much the extent of the conditions I wish to place upon my
package; I consider everything else to be up to the user. In my
opinion, this is the most appropriate way to prevent confusion with the
original package, and as such, maintaining some semblance of artistic
Derivative works of this package must be offered under this license; it
is the only way to ensure that the artistic control of this package
remain intact. However, software offered in conjunction with the
package offered under this license is up to the artist of that package,
and I do not see any conflicts.
I will submit this license via email to license-approval and
If you find that my license complies with the OSD and the spirit of open
source, I expect that my license will be approved this time, without any
further attempts at prevention or coercion.
I look forward to reaching #8 as posted on your website.
(Simplified Artistic License)
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