Inappropriate postings from non-lawyers
Ian Lance Taylor
ian at airs.com
Fri Feb 13 20:33:09 UTC 2004
Richard Schilling <rschi at rsmba.biz> writes:
> I would like to see the opensource.org criteria clarified on the web
> pages. It would help clear up some confusion. I suggested a few
> changes in an earlier post.
The criteria are here:
If you want to suggest changes, I suggest that you make them in
reference to that list.
All that I saw you post was a brief list of points, some of which are
already covered by the OSD, none of which were explained in any
> I too, want to see opensource.org accomodate the general public
> . . . but it would be nice to see an effort by the list participants
> to keep the discussion related to legal licensing issues and not moral
> implications for the free world.
OSI is specifically dedicated to working for ``the good of the
community.'' The moral implications of open source licenses are not
out of place, because they are aspects of the good of the community.
> If us non-lawyers defer to lawyers and listen more we may have more
> lawyers providing constructive input.
That statement would be more convincing if you hadn't jumped all over
Lawrence Rosen, who is in fact a lawyer.
> Obviously, people are arguing that the GPL is invalid and providing
> some detailed analysis. I hope opensource.org pays attention to that
> and gets self-critical about their criteria really quick. At present,
> they are endorsing licenses that don't mean anything in front of a
> judge. They're nice public statements and rhetoric, but not much else
> at times.
The arguments that the GPL is invalid are totally bogus. Using those
arguments to suggest that the OSI needs to be more self-critical about
their criteria makes no sense.
Also, note that most of the OSI approved licenses were in fact written
with the benefit of legal advice, including the GPL.
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