A prototype License Wizard up and running

Justin Clift jclift at digitaldistribution.com
Fri Apr 8 04:47:12 UTC 2005

John Cowan wrote:
> Bruce Perens scripsit:
>>You can actually get this down to three licenses, with terms on 
>>derivative works classified as:
> I thought of that, but GPL-compatibility is an issue to a lot of people.
>>*Enforced sharing:* Terms must apply to all derivative works, and the 
>>license terms are such that callers of the code are considered 
>>derivative. This is what Rosen calls a /Reciprocal/ license in his book.
> This is the FSF's view of the GPL, but not Rosen's view of it.

Hmmm.... should we look instead to the *legal* view of these things as 
more definitive?

Having a discussion about XYZ person's point of view having differences 
to ABC's point of view is kind of moot for us, when we have a 
specialised legal group (OSI & friends) possibly able to assist.

Right here and now speaking, from a "lets make an online OSI license 
guide" perspective, how do we structure the questions appropriately to 
guide people amongst the groups to a correct answer?

> See, the wording won't help you.  It's a matter of whether you interpret
> works which include library works as derivative works or not, and that's
> in the purview of the law, not the license.

No worries.  See above reference to asking Laura's team for their 
thoughts on this.  It could be possible we make a specific jurisdiction 
license guide at first, look at how that's received, then consider other 
jurisdictions from there.

What do you think?

Regards and best wishes,

Justin Clift

Executive Director
Digital Distribution Global Training Services Pty. Ltd.
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