[antlr-interest] ANTLR Rights and Open Source issues

John D. Mitchell johnm-antlr at non.net
Tue Jan 22 13:39:43 PST 2002

>>>>> "Terence" == Terence Parr <parrt at jguru.com> writes:
> My main concern is that if I use the word copyright anywhere, then it
> will reduce the "no brainer" nature of the "license".  No lawyers, no
> fuss, no muss.  A number of developers have told me that this has really
> helped them introduce ANTLR into their commercial projects (overcoming
> any management legal objections).

The (revised) BSD license is as simple as it gets without putting it into
the public domain.

You can argue that the MIT license is even simpler but I personally think
the no endorsement clause is necessary.

The tech world has really opened its eyes to the variety of OSS licenses
and so, IMHO, BSD vs PD is much less of an issue to then BSD vs e.g. GPL.

> Still though would you believe that people occasionally ask for a written
> letter indicating they can use the software?!  Pretty amazing world we
> live in.

Sure -- <bleep/> lawyer <bleep/>!

FYI, all of the "official" OSS licenses are listed at:


Go wild,


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