Subject: For Approval: The Simplified BSD License
From:Dag-Erling Smørgrav <des@linpro.no>
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 11:27:29 +0200

 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 11:27:29 +0200
1) The proposed title for the license is "Simplified BSD license".

2) The text of the license is reproduced below, and an HTML version is
   available at <URL:http://www.des.no/simplified-bsd-license.html>

3) The license is derived from the (revised) BSD license, with the
   no-endorsement clause removed, leaving only the attribution-in-source
   and attribution-with-binary clauses.

4) This license is already in widespread use by (at least) the FreeBSD
   and OpenBSD projects, as well as offshoots of those projects
   (e.g. OpenSSH), and other unrelated projects (e.g. Varnish).

   The advantage of this license over the full BSD license is that it is
   unambiguously compatible with the GPL, as the no-endorsement clause
   could be regarded as a "further restriction on the recipients'
   exercise of rights" preventing BSD-licensed software from being
   combined with GPL software.

   Removing the no-endorsement clause also circumvents the entire
   discussion of where to draw the line between a statement of fact and
   an endorsement ("our software is derived from the Foobar package,
   which was developed by the Frobozz Institute", or "our software is
   derived from the award-winning Foobar package, which was developed by
   Nobel laureate, the Frobozz Institute"?)

   Finally, for many Open Source developers, the no-endorsement clause
   is pure nonsense - we would *love* to be held in such high regard
   that our name is used as a stamp of quality for software derived from
   ours.

Copyright (c) <YEAR> <OWNER>
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions
are met:
1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
   notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
   notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
   documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS
"AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
COPYRIGHT HOLDERS OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT,
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BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES;
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POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

DES
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Dag-Erling Smørgrav
Senior Software Developer
Linpro AS - www.linpro.no