could the text of a software license be published under the terms of another license?
e. g. "this software is free & open source, but you have to change the license upon forking, this one is mine"
In some countries (I wouldn't know the list, I am looking it up right now), contract and license texts are free to use, copy and edit by anyone.
@kaiyou i didn't know that, but it's actually reasonable and great!
so this kind of license would work or not depending on your country of residence, just like forced arbitration clauses...
@leip4Ier the GPL has a copyright notice on the license text itself, and the license of the license IIRC says you can't modify GPL without renaming it.
But I have no idea if and where it's enforcable.
@Wolf480pl oh, interesting! i think i never read the full gpl text, and never saw any other licenses doing this. but the "don't modify without renaming" thing is reasonable.
now i wonder, what about software distributed without the full license text (gpl doesn't allow this, but i think other licenses do)? does a single line "distributed under the terms of the 3-clause BSD license" have any legal force?
@leip4Ier I can't see why not? It's a written document and thus should have a copyright.
Then again IANAL.
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