The license was written and published by James William Pye on 2004.
The original discussion and motivation behind it can be found at the following mailing list archives:
Short, simple and permissive
I'm a typical programmer that enjoys working with open source software.
And most of my open source work are small modules (or packages if you will).
I always found silly to use a thoroughly legal statement for those.
Sometimes the license can be bigger than the source code itself.
For small things I want a small license.
A license which is:
- Don't hold me liable.
A dead license
With that mindset I went to the OSI approved licenses and, for my surprise, I found such license.
A license that consisted of two paragraphs: the first stating that the license should be distributed alongside the work, and a second stating that the work has no warranties.
But it was embarrassingly dead.
I didn't find a single thing out there using it and on the OSI page about the license there was a broken reference link.
I can fix that broken link
So I've talked with OSI and James (the author).
James “original purpose and curiosity” of “sentence of a vague legalese” is “long gone”.
OSI still warned me for eventual issues that could arise for using such permissive license (just as the folks on debian-legal mailing list), but they also kindly let me replace that broken link.
And that's what this page is about.