[License-review] Request for Legacy Approval of MIT No Attribution License
pamela.chestek at opensource.org
Wed Aug 5 02:27:54 UTC 2020
To the Board of the OSI and the License-Review list:
Below is the recommendation of the License Committee of the Open Source
Initiative on the MIT No Attribution License. Pamela Chestek
Chair, License Committee Open Source Initiative *****
License: MIT No Attribution License (Exhibit A)
SPDX Identifier: MIT-0
Submitted: 15 May 2020,
Decision date: due no later than the first Board meeting after 15 July 2020
License Review Committee Recommendation:
Resolved that it is the opinion of the OSI that the MIT No Attribution
License be approved as an Open Source Initiative Approved license in the
Other/Miscellaneous category of licenses.
The license is the same language as the MIT License except that the
attribution requirement of the MIT License in its second paragraph is
removed. The license was discussed on both the License-Discuss list and
the License-Review list and no one raised a substantive objection to its
approval. There was some discussion whether the license was actually in
use, but this is not a basis for rejection that the OSI has applied in
the past (and the OSI has historically approved newly drafted licenses
not yet in use).
It is classified in the “Other/Miscellaneous” category because the
0-clause BSD License is in the same category. Both licenses have the
same modification to their origin license, which is to remove the
requirement that the copyright notice and permission notice be included
in copies of the software.
Copyright <YEAR><COPYRIGHT HOLDER>
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a
copy of this software and associated documentation files (the
"Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including
without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish,
distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to
permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.
IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY
CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT,
TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE
SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
On 5/15/2020 12:18 PM, Tobie Langel wrote:
> The MIT No Attribution License (SPDX identifier MIT-0 ) is a
> version of the MIT license with the attribution clause removed.
> It is used by Amazon and Airtable to license sample, reference,
> teaching, documentation, and scaffolding code.
> It was authored independently by Roman Mamedov and Amazon.
> It has been discussed on license-discuss@.
> Proliferation category:
> Other/Miscellaneous licenses
> Please find attached the full text of the license. It is also
> available at https://spdx.org/licenses/MIT-0.html
> Thank you for your consideration.
> : https://spdx.org/licenses/MIT-0.html
> : https://romanrm.net/mit-zero <https://romanrm.net/mit-zero>
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