Official License Anti-Proliferation policy?

Ernest Prabhakar prabhaka at
Mon Apr 11 23:06:10 UTC 2005

Dear OSI,

Is this for real, or just media rumor-mongering?  Not that I  
particularly mind either way, but I'd like to be sure. :-),1759,1783791,00.asp
> The Open Source Initiative board on Wednesday adopted a new way of  
> approving open-source licenses, as well as a new classification  
> system for existing licensees, at its meeting at the Open Source  
> Business Conference in San Francisco.
> ...
> From now on, the group says, "Approved licenses must meet three new  
> criteria of being a) nonduplicative, b) clear and understandable,  
> and c) reusable."
> ...
> At the same time, to deal with the small mountain of already  
> existing open-source licenses, the OSI will classify them as  
> falling under one of three tiers: "preferred,"  
> "ordinary" ("approved") or "deprecated."

Sorry if this forces anybody's hand, but I wanted to raise the issue  
here first to get the official response if possible, since the story  
is already circulating.

-- Ernie P.

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