Subject: Re: For Approval: The Simplified BSD License
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 20:17:20 -0700

Quoting Donovan Hawkins (

> Why is that exactly? The proliferation of BSD-like licenses is enormous, 
> and I don't quite understand the reason for it when so many of the 
> licenses are so similar.

I would speculate that it's because many proponents of simple permissive
licences are highly adverse to legal topics in general, and so write a
new one-off licence rather than seeking out and evaluating existing ones
under a slightly misguided desire to steer clear of everything lawyerly,
and stick to coding.

Ironically, this of course defeats the licensor's aim in the long run.