It isn't the least bit difficult to diagnose when no lawyer was involved in 
drafting a license. At the start we had an excuse because no lawyer would help 
us. The only excuse those licenses have today is disinterest in fixing the 

Luis Villa <> wrote:

>On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 10:15 PM, John Cowan <>
>> Bruce Perens scripsit:
>>> So, what the Artistic License 1.0 made much more difficult for the
>>> poor Open Source developer is exactly what I'd like to fix. And yet
>>> the Artistic 1.0 is not the one I thought of first upon seeing this
>>> discussion in progress. We have much worse.
>> Please itemize.
>I don't think we do anyone any favors by having extensive public
>discussions of the legal/drafting weaknesses of existing licenses, so
>please don't.
>The point stands that some licenses are poorly drafted, and that in a
>perfect world where we could easily identify and evaluate such
>licenses, we would probably no longer publicize/endorse them.
>That said, as Richard pointed out, this is an extremely difficult
>issue to evaluate. It is inherently subjective, and a matter requiring
>expertise. Given that, I see  no evidence that OSI (or anyone) could
>perform it in a reasonable, objective, efficient manner, so I'm not
>very interested in pursuing it.
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