Re: [dwm] Freedom (was: Re: sic ipv6 patch)

From: Sylvain Bertrand <>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 12:14:43 +0200

On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 11:21 AM, Anselm R. Garbe <> wrote:
> This whole discussion about licenses supports my first reason
> why I don't choose GPL: I don't understand it in any detail,
> because it is too long and covers to many things which I can't
> remember as a whole. And I doubt most developers who license
> their stuff under the terms of the GPL actually really know any
> detail and possible impact of the GPL.

Create your license: take the MIT, and add something like "this clause
takes precedence on any previous clauses: in no case you will
use/interact with this code in any ways for/from closed source
programs, for ever"
Then you have a kind of GPL. If you want a LGPL, you remove the interact part.

> Hence discussions about complex licenses tend to be complex as
> well, as this discussion shows (same applies to discussions
> about complex software). So, instead of joining a discussion
> here, I think, that the time is better invested into real
> development ;)
> To the proposal I should ask the FFSE guys about things I don't
> understand: I think this proposal is fair, but actually I really
> prefer to spend my time into developing something, instead
> of discussing legal things in theory and practice. The GPL is a
> very juristic text in my eyes and as usual for juristic persons,
> there is so much interpretation in it, depending on their model
> of freedom, thinking, culture, justice, etc. that it might be an
> expensive (in the matters of time) discussion.
> A decent license for less suckish software in my eyes, should be
> easy to grasp and to understand and should not be any longer
> than the source code itself it restricts or protects to some
> extend ;) If someone is able to write a copyleft license which
> might be agreed as open source license and which is as simple to
> grasp as the MIT license, please volunteer!
> Kind regards,
> --
> Anselm R. Garbe >< >< GPG key: 0D73F361

use single GPL licensed software, use Linux and secure your digital freedom!
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