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Re: Option 3

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 23:15:19 +0000 (UTC)
To: Lawrence Rosen <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
cc: public-html@w3.org, PSIG <member-psig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1103071912490.16784@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Sat, 5 Mar 2011, Lawrence Rosen wrote:
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As this is a new license, it further increases license proliferation, 
which Google finds objectionable.

Secondly, this license does not appear to be GPL-compatible, because it 
applies additional constraints (e.g. it does not allow the content to be 
merged into a non-software product).

Finally, the terms seem to disallow forking, which misses one of the main 
reasons for a liberal license, namely, to allow spec forking so as to 
encourage us to do a good job.

In conclusion, it's not clear that this really solve the problem of the 
W3C HTML spec being under an overly-restrictive license. I highly suggest 
we simply choose an existing liberal open source license (such as the MIT 
license) rather than try to create a a new license.

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