AW: For Approval - German Free Software License
nelson at crynwr.com
Mon Nov 29 19:49:15 UTC 2004
Ian Lance Taylor writes:
> As far as I can see, the minimal compromise which the OSI could accept
> would be:
> "The new version of the License becomes binding for you as soon as you
> become aware of its publication and as soon as it has been approved by
> the OSI."
> (You will also want a clause to handle the case where the OSI no
> longer exists.)
If that was the case, there would be no more license approvals, and
people would not be obligated to switch to the new license. Your
language is sufficient.
> The key point, I think, is this: the OSI can not delegate to any other
> organization whether a license meets the OSD.
I think that the GFSL folks aren't asking us to do that. They're
asking us to allow them to use the OSI-Certified mark on goods which
might not be OSI-Certified in the future. If they changed the
license, they would have to remove all use and reference to the
OSI-Certified mark. That would mean a total product recall if they
mentioned the OSI-Certified mark anywhere on or in the product.
Since I don't think that's possible, and since we need to control the
use of the OSI-Certified mark, that is yet another reason not to
approve the license.
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