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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-09-17 16:03:12

At 01:40 PM 9/17/2003, David Abrahams wrote:
>Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]> writes:
>> Sorry, I haven't been clear. It is a "stable link" to a specific
>> license that would be a disaster. It would negate our objective of
>> having a single Boost license for all Boost libraries, because when
>> the (even though rare) license changes occur, there would be sure to
>> be some copyright holders who weren't reachable, and thus the licenses
>> would diverge. Some would be version 1, some version 2, and so
>> forth.
>And how will not having a stable link to a specific license prevent
>> An important advantage of the suggested comment wording is that it
>> is not version specific. In effect, the copyright holder is saying
>> "use the version of the Boost license that is current at the time of
>> release, even if that version changes from release to release."
>> The safe thing to do is to not mention a version by name.
>Oh! If that's legal, I'm for it. However, we may have trouble
>convincing authors to allow their source to be automatically
>re-licensed under new terms at the whim of whoever's maintaining

Changes to the license must be very rare and carefully considered. It is
really like a language standard - stability is necessary to get developers
on board.


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