[License-discuss] Intimacy in open source (SSPL and AGPL)

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Wed Jan 23 17:33:46 UTC 2019

On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 8:48 AM Gil Yehuda via License-discuss <
license-discuss at lists.opensource.org> wrote:

> (Forgive the resend, my email address changed).
> A license with parameters such that end users are advised to first engage
> a legal expert to help craft a usage architecture, seems to be lacking
> completion.

Consider the implicit patent grant in the BSD license. This arises as a
result of the exhaustion doctrine in equitable law. Simple text,
complicated result. That licenses and any form of contract whatsoever are
open to interpretation is mainly due to the fact that they rest on a
tremendous body of law and case law, in the case of the United States going
back to British common law.

So, unfortunately, no contract or license is really small and simple.


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