Variant of IBM Public License

Riley, Jason jriley at
Wed Apr 30 18:52:57 UTC 2003

I second James comments. Templated versions of the main flavors of
licenses (MPL, BSD, GPL, ...) would, I suspect, satisfy the majority of
new open source projects (it would have my organization). If there was a
fast track to approval by using these it may also discourage the
unwitting adoption of licenses less true to the open source definition.

Jason Riley
Entessa, LLC

-----Original Message-----
From: James Harrell [mailto:jharrell at] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 11:43 AM
To: Chris Seitz; license-discuss at
Subject: RE: Variant of IBM Public License


If you do this, please instad of changing "IBM" to "NVIDIA", make it a
template. ie: [Insert Name Here], so other companies can also use the
template without going through the same process.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Chris Seitz [mailto:CSeitz at]
>Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 12:52 PM
>To: license-discuss at
>Subject: Variant of IBM Public License
>A little background, then my query...
>NVIDIA's developer support group creates tools and demonstration source

>code primarily aimed at game developers and others doing real-time 
>work. By and large, we publish source code to our SDK with very little 
>restriction (e.g. just keep the header/copyright notice).
>We've come to realize that for particular tool under development, the 
>community would be well served if we could provide them on an site, 
>such as sourceforge. Primarily to let developers modify and extend the 
>code at a rate faster than we can.
>I've been working with our legal department and they suggest taking the

>IBM public license, changing the "IBM" to "NVIDIA" and changing the 
>state from "New York" to "Delaware," and modifying the year of the 
>1) Will this require 2 months of review? Or would that be automatic. I 
>wouldn't want to hold up a release that long for something so seemingly

>2) Is this copyright infringement w.r.t IBM?
>Manager of Developer Tools, NVIDIA
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