Adaptive Public License
rodd at cyberspaces.org
Thu Apr 15 20:14:57 UTC 2004
Michael - I agree with you regarding whether this license solves a problem
that an existing license does not. I think the drafter will have to
explain; otherwise, I would not recommend approval of the Adaptive Public
License since it is not attached to a specific project and appears to be
an example of the undesired proliferation of licenses.
On Thu, 15 Apr 2004, Michael Tiemann wrote:
> Russ Nelson called for more discuccion of this license, which does look
> interesting to me. The OSI board has certainly spent its share of time talking
> about license compatibility (or the lack thereof), and this license certainly
> encapsulates many of the issues we've discussed. My initial read of this
> license is that yes, it does satisfy the letter of the OSD, so that's a Good
> Thing. But the larger question that I must always ask is: if/when it becomes
> used by multiple third parties, what problems can it solve that other
> OSI-approved licenses don't solve.
> What is unclear to me is how this license addresses the question of what
> happens when two (or more) parties check the boxes differently in Exhibit A.
> Are there any incompatible choices within this framework, or are the "combined"
> licenses severable (meaning every individual part remains valid even when some
> parts offer different terms)? If the latter, then this is a very interesting
> license and I think we should move to approve. If the former, it's not clear
> to me that having a name for a license that preserves the incompatibility issue
> is all that valuable. In fact, it may be bad.
> Michael Tiemann
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