License Committee Report for September 2005

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Thu Sep 8 21:27:18 UTC 2005

Russell Nelson <nelson at>:
>   o Country-specific Warranty disclaimers are a nasty tarball that the
>     board needs to head off.  I (speaking for myself) suggest the
>     board request a report from the license approval committee on
>     suggested actions.

I concur, this requires further analysis.
>   o The board needs to revisit the three license criteria it added
>     some months ago.  I have tried to apply those criteria to the OVPL,
>     and not had any support.  The license-discuss membership has spoken
>     loudly and clearly that we should approve all licenses that comply
>     with the OSD.  Thus, we should withdraw those criteria and if we're
>     serious about them, set about modifying the Open Source Definition.

The license-discuss membership doesn't make policy.  The Board does.

Those criteria were approved after due deliberation by the Board for
good strategic reasons.  Anyone who is unwilling to apply them may 
recuse him or herself from the process.
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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