Is the OpenMap license Open Source?
jcowan at reutershealth.com
Wed Nov 20 15:27:06 UTC 2002
Colin 't Hart scripsit:
> At http://www.openmap.org/ it is claimed that
> the OpenMap(TM) package is Open Source. Wandering
> over to www.opensource.org I find this claim no
> longer means what it used to, and that it doesn't
> mean that much if it doesn't say 'OSI Certified'.
Well, it can't be trademarked. But it has plenty of meaning to the
> I was wondering if OpenMap's license
> was being considered by OSI for certification?
Probably not, but anyone can propose it, even you. Of course, if OSI
wants modifications, you won't be able to make them.
> In particular I'm not sure what some clauses entail
> (such as clauses 3 and 9)
3 says that BBN gets to reuse any derivative works you make, even ones
that are closed-source to everyone else; it's an asymmetry clause similar
to the one in the NPL.
9 just says that you agree that the stuff you contribute as your source code
really is your source code and doesn't belong to someone else, like your
> and whether there is
> anything that's in this license that would be
> an impediment to OSI certification?
I see nothing (IANAL, TINLA, IANAOSI).
> Such certification would give me the peace-of-mind
> that it is worth creating derivative works of
> software under this license.
The license is a variant of the Artistic License used for Perl.
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