Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer
Infobox software license
author = Bruce Dodson [cite mailing list
title=discuss: approval request: "Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer"
version = n/a
copyright = Bruce Dodson
OSI approved = Yes
Debian approved = ?
Free Software = No
GPL compatible = Yes
copyleft = No
linking = Yes
The Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer is an
open sourcelicense, approved by the Open Source Initiative(OSI). It is unique among the OSI's licenses because of the choices it allows in its construction; it lets you pick anywhere from 0-2 warranty disclaimers, whether you want to prohibit your publicity of the software derivatives (like in the BSD License), and other spelling and grammar options. Besides this, the license can be almost functionally identical to the new 3-clause BSD License(if the option for the no-promotion clause is exercised), or the MIT License(if the option for the no-promotion clause is not exercised).
Variants of this license are in use primarily in older software, including the original
BSD kernel, developed by IBM, Inteland others. Today, it is most popular to choose either the new 3-clause BSD Licenseor the MIT License to meet the licensing needs of the developer.
This is the only OSI-certified license (excluding the
public domain) that can lack a disclaimer of warranty. The Free Software Foundationhas not yet recognized this license as a free software licensein the general case, but has done so for certain variations, such as that used for versions of Python before 1.6b. [cite web
title=GPL-Compatible Free Software Licenses
Free Software Foundation
accessdate=2008-03-16] [cite web
title=Python 2.5 license
* [http://www.opensource.org/licenses/historical.php Text of the license]
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