[License-review] The Vaccine License

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Tue Oct 29 21:42:33 UTC 2019

Totally agree that those who eschew vaccination, *especially *those who
make such a decision for *their own children,* are criminal morons.

And if we had to have licenses like this, vaccine would be a good cause.
But we don't have to have licenses like this. Direct law would be
effective, these terms would not be.

I would vote for laws requiring vaccination. I don't think anyone has won
that fight yet, but I hope they do.

I have already written two blog postings on the issue of "ethical"
licenses, one including this proposed license:



On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 12:18 PM Filli Liberandum <
filliliberandum at vaccinelicense.com> wrote:

> Honored Board Members of the Open Source Initiative and members in the
> license-review process,
> This is a submission for approval as per the license review process
> documented at  https://opensource.org/approval
> *Type of submission:* Approval
> *License name:* Vaccine License
> *Text of the license:*
> The Vaccine License
> *Version 1.0, October 2019*
> SPDX: Vaccine-1.0
> https://www.vaccinelicense.com/vaccine-license/
> <http://www.apache.org/licenses/>
> Open Source developers should work for good, not evil. The misguided
> rejection of vaccination is one of the greatest evils that has ever
> existed. The *Vaccine License* is a software license that requires that
> users vaccinate their children, and themselves, and that user businesses
> make a similar requirement of their employees, to the greatest extent
> legally possible.
> The Vaccine License is derivative of the text of the Apache License, but
> with significantly modified language and very different effect. The license
> is reciprocal, and the grant of copyright and patent license rights only
> applies so long as the user complies with local vaccination recommendations.
> 1. Definitions.
> “License” shall mean the terms and conditions for use, reproduction, and
> distribution defined by this document.
> “Licensor” shall mean the copyright owner or entity authorized by the
> copyright owner that is granting the License.
> “Legal Entity” shall mean the union of the acting entity and all other
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> “Vaccine” shall mean a biological preparation that provides
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> recommended, and administered under the supervision of a Medical Doctor.
> “Vaccination” shall mean the administration of vaccine to a patient.
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> condition. This requirement is waived only to the extent that it is not
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> the consent of another party which will not agree.
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> *Rationale:*
> Open Source software is used to commit all sorts of evil. Open Source
> developers contribute their work freely to be used in this way. It’s time
> for Open Source developers to *ask for something *in return for that work.
> *But what to ask for?* We have chosen vaccination, because the need for
> it is scientifically verified, because so many people are killed or maimed
> because their parents deny them vaccination, and because the ignorance that
> causes rejection of vaccination is an easily-identifiable evil. There are
> no legal ambiguities where rejection of vaccination is concerned, so it is
> simple to require it in a license.
> The rejection of vaccination is not a distant evil. It is happening right
> around you. It effects people you care about, but you’re unable to
> intervene. Or you were, until now.
> Here are some expected arguments which might be attempted as justification
> to reject the Vaccine License.
> Argument: *The Vaccine License does not benefit the Open Source Community
> sufficiently to be adopted as an Open Source License.*
> Refutation: *By improving the physical health of members of the Open
> Source Community, since it requires that those members get their shots, the
> Vaccine License is of greater benefit to the community than any other
> license that simply governs the use, distribution, and modification of
> software.*
> Argument: *The Vaccine License Violates Article 5
> <https://opensource.org/osd/#persons-or-groups> of the Open Source
> Definition <https://opensource.org/osd>, “No Discrimination Against Persons
> or Groups”, since it discriminates against anti-vaxers.*
> Refutation: The text of *Article 5 *is
> The license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.
> Since any person or group, without exception, may receive a vaccine which
> is medically appropriate for them, the Vaccine License does not
> discriminate against any person or group. So-called “anti-vaxxers” identify
> themselves by their misguided rejection of vaccines, but such rejection is
> an *action *rather than *membership in a group.*
> Argument: *The Vaccine License Violates Article 6
> <https://opensource.org/osd/#fields-of-endeavor> of the Open Source
> Definition, “No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor”*
> Refutation: The text of *Article 6* is
> The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a
> specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the program
> from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.
> The Vaccine License does not include terms discriminating against any
> field of endeavor. It only places a requirement upon Complying Legal
> Entities that, to the greatest extent legally possible, they perform that
> field of endeavor using Complying Persons as their employees. There is an
> exception in the Vaccine License if such an action is prohibited by the
> locality’s law.
> *Distinguish (from other OSI-approved licenses):* There is not a similar
> license currently approved by the OSI
> *Legal Review:* The license was prepared by a licensing professional. In
> the client's best interest, the legal review can not be made public. We
> note that other license submissions have not submitted a detailed legal
> review.
> *License proliferation category: *This license is not yet popular. It is
> not duplicative of other licenses.
>     Respectfully Submitted
>     *Filli Liberandum*
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Bruce Perens - Partner, OSS.Capital.
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