Proposal: criteria for license approval

David Ryan david at
Thu Sep 1 12:07:01 UTC 2005

Alex Bligh wrote:

> I hereby propose the following.
> a) Applications for license approval should be processed by the OSI board
>   in a timely manner (with allowance for the fact it is a volunteer 
> board),
>   against the criteria listed in the OSD and the published license 
> approval
>   process ONLY. Evaluation should take into account community postings
>   to license-discuss, to the extent that they demonstrate conformance
>   or otherwise with these criteria. After evaluation, applications should
>   be told whether their license is approved, or whether it has been
>   rejected (and if so what criteria it breaches and why). Where rejection
>   is for a minor reason that would be remedied by an obvious drafting
>   change, the words of this drafting change should be passed on.

> b) Neither the above, nor the OSD, nor the license-approval process 
> should
>   be changed without open and transparent discussion within the 
> community.

> c) As a specific example of (b), the valid concerns of the board re 
> license
>   proliferation should not impact on the approval or otherwise of 
> licenses,
>   unless and until the results of the proliferation discussion process
>   have resulted in changes to (a), the OSD, or approval process in the
>   manner set out in (b) above. For the avoidance of doubt, this paragraph
>   should not be taken to prevent the OSI from recommending use or non-use
>   of particular approved licenses.


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