SRFI license change David Van Horn 09 Nov 2005 04:30 UTC
As many of you know, the SRFI process, upon its inception, adopted a
copy of the Internet Task Force's RFC license, with the intent that
the SRFI documents and associated reference implementations would be
usable in as many circumstances as possible. Alas, there has been
some dispute over the meaning of the SRFI license and whether it
should be considered a free license.
Therefore, we have switched the license for the SRFI process to the MIT
(X11) license: a widely accepted free license, which is GPL-compatible,
OSI certified, and non-copyleft, allowing for proprietary systems to use
SRFIs. A copy is appended below.
All but two SRFI authors have agreed to the license change. SRFIs 5 and
24 remain licensed under the RFC-style license since we have not been
able to contact the authors. All remaining SRFIs and future SRFIs are
licensed under the MIT license.
The SRFI Editors
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