[License-review] Approval Request: Free Public License 1.0.0
christianbundy at fraction.io
Sun Aug 30 00:48:43 UTC 2015
We (Fraction) would like to formally submit the Free Public License for OSI
approval. The FPL is a permissive license designed to allow anyone do
anything (except hold anyone liable).
Free Public License 1.0.0
> Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software for
> any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted.
> THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE AUTHOR DISCLAIMS ALL
> WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES
> OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE
> FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY
> DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN
> AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT
> OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.
Public domain dedications are attractive to anyone who needs something more
permissive than traditional licenses like the MIT license, but they're
problematic <http://opensource.org/faq#public-domain>. Public license
fallbacks in the CC0 and Unlicense were designed to solve this problem, but
it seems like the best solution would be an ultimately permissive public
The FPL is a modified ISC license that removes both the copyright notice
and the requirement that "...the above copyright notice and this permission
notice appear in all copies." While there's only a small textual difference
between the two licenses, removing the copyright notice and copyright
requirement solve the problem of software public domain dedication.
There hasn't been any external legal review or legal analysis of the FPL,
as the only changes were the two removals mentioned above.
The FPL's license proliferation category would most likely be
Thanks for taking the time to review this license for approval.
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