A prototype License Wizard up and running
jclift at digitaldistribution.com
Sat Apr 9 04:36:59 UTC 2005
Brendan Scott wrote:
> I'm new to the list. I'm a lawyer based in Sydney Australia. Justin
> Clift pointed me to this discussion.
(As an aside for people, Brendan assists a lot of the OSS groups and
businesses in Australia, and from memory has been called upon by various
Australian Gov bodies for OSS related matters as well)
> I think you need to determine what you want to achieve from a wizard.
Definitely. We outlined an initial thought of "lets make a wizard in
the same ilk of the CC license one" and things have started growing from
For an initial/first license guide, I feel we should have it's purpose
be to guide "people" who are new to OSS licensing towards the
appropriate license(s) for their software.
"People" in this case is still rather undecided, as it has been pointed
out the developers, end users, and business people may each need
different approaches. So for this exercise we should decide who to
From my point of view, I'm not fussed, and can move forward with any of
> Depending on how it is implemented, a wizard could have the effect of
> either consolidating licence usage (by directing people to, or only
> dealing with 3-5 annointed licences), or diffusing it (by attempting to
> give equal airplay to each of them).
> I think each of these involves a bit of second guessing what the
> licensor wants to achieve, the second option especially so.
Yes, we may need a wizard to ask extra questions in some instances, or
instead accept that second guessing may be needed (with appropriate
> I think the CC wizards are a little easier conceptually because they
> have structured and unified their licences around a couple of simple
> concepts. This is not true of open source licences.
Quite a spread here eh? ;)
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