Subject: Re: BSD and MIT license "compliance" with the MS-PL
From: Matthew Flaschen <>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 17:36:27 -0400

Tzeng, Nigel H. wrote:
>> From a FSF perspective, they're pretty lucky that it's a license
>> associated with Microsoft and not a more neutral one.  The folks
>> that might be inclined to take such defensive action probably
>> dislike Microsoft more and would never use a license named MS-PL.

Do you think permissive licensors like Theo de Raadt are uninformed or
can't afford legal advice?  If they wanted a license like this, they
would have asked for it long ago.  But they didn't, because it goes
against their core principles.   Perhaps instead of vague implications,
you could suggest a licensor that wanted this but was too dull to ask,
and is also irrationally scared of the MS name.

Matt Flaschen