Licensing policies (was Re: ANN: Docuverse DOM SDK PR2

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Tue Sep 8 07:53:04 BST 1998

At 23:41 07/09/98 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
>The Artistic License is a good substitute for the GPL and allows you
>to keep control of the named product while allowing others to create
>differently named variations.  See 

I've had a similar [private] suggestion for the AL. I saw it a few years
ago and liked it but hadn't seen it since. 

Since I believe this is a key issue for XML it could be very useful to have
somewhere that people thinking of releasing XML code could go for help. Is
this an OASIS area? i.e. to provide some guidance or material of the sort
'this is what people have already done...'.

IOW my motivation is something like:
	' I want a simple license that allows anyone to use my source code but:
		to respect authors' moral rights
		not to include legal liability
		not to imply author support or responsibility for distributed versions
(i.e. if someone else distributes my code, *I* don't suffer if it something
goes wrong).

I'd probably be quite happy to use and amend James' Clark's license but
there might be small things I want to add. To be able to pick a license off
the shelf would be very useful and also leads to a greater degree of
community support and feeling.


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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