Subject: Re: A prototype License Wizard up and running
From: Bruce Perens <>
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2005 15:01:59 -0700

Lawrence Rosen wrote:

>Yes I do.
This discussion would go faster if provided an argument rather than
simple contradiction, since you know what I was asking about. But since
you insist: I need a license with reciprocal terms that bind tightly
enough to apply to an application that links to a library with those
terms. My impression from our recent communication while I was writing
this paper was:

1. That you did not believe your license applied that way.
2. That you felt the GPL terms regarding "linking" were nonsense.

Because of #1, I scrapped a section of the paper that would have
recommended the OSL and AFL as an alternative track to the GPL,
GPL-with-exception, and BSD.

>I'm not the sole interpreter of the meaning even of my own words. No attorney is.
I have to navigate my customers around enough ambiguities as it is. I am
not going to recommend to any customer that they set a course that might
eventually include having to impeach your testimony about your own license.