Approval Request: RPSL 1.0

Rob Lanphier robla at
Thu Nov 7 06:15:46 UTC 2002

Hi all,

Just a reminder to look at the RPSL.  I haven't seen any comments on the 
1.0 version, so I guess it must be perfect.  :)

Rob Lanphier, Helix Community Coordinator - RealNetworks

On Mon, 2002-10-28 at 19:47, Rob Lanphier wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Here is a link to the RealNetworks Public Source License (RPSL):
> We'd like to submit this for consideration as an OSI-certified license.
> As discussed in the August 1 thread, our intent is to create a license
> that is similar in goals to the GPL, with the following key differences:
> *  Closing the "ASP loophole".  We want to ensure that someone who sets up
> a business as an ASP is subject to the same community obligations as
> someone who creates a shrinkwrap product.  See
> for more details
> on this.
> *  Clear language with respect to the scope of patent rights RealNetworks
> grants to the community.  We are offering a patent license to the code we
> issue.
> *  Right for RealNetworks to relicense.  The subgoals for this are as
> follows:
>    *  We want to ensure we can bring changes back into our main
>       development trunk, which is dually licensed under the RPSL and the
>       RealNetworks Community Source License (a community source license
>       modelled after the Java Community Source License)
>    *  We want to be able to relicense this under other terms later
>       (perhaps GPL compatibility will become feasible)
>    *  We offer licensing under other terms under custom agreement
> *  Compability with most currently-approved OSI licenses (exceptions being
> licenses that would read on our RPSL'd code)
> Let us know what you think, and what we can do to ease the process along.
> Thanks
> Rob

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