Subject: Re: [Approval Request] Kallisys Reflexive License
From: Abe Kornelis <abe@bixoft.nl>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 20:55:50 -0800

Paul Guyot wrote:
> 
> >The idea of applying the license to itself seems
> >a clever one, but is incompatible with allowing
> >modifications to the licensed work.
> 
> I wonder why. Could you please develop, either regarding Draft 1
> (always interesting) or the newer Draft 2?
--
Paul,

If modifications are allowed *and* the license applies to 
itself, then each and every user is allowed to modify the
license text...

This would mean I could remove the requirement that your
copyright notice not be deleted, then I could make a
new distribution with the modified license, after
replacing your copyright notice with my own.

Alternatively I might modify the license so, that it
allows me to create a proprietary package from your
code, then distribute that with my modifications
without releasing that code as open source. All
taking and no giving.

All in all: a modifiable license amounts to no
license at all - it allows the recipient to do
anything he/she wishes. If that is your intention,
then why bother about the license? It would
be easier to release it as public domain software.

Regards, Abe.
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