License Committee Report for September 2005

Radcliffe, Mark Mark.Radcliffe at
Thu Sep 8 23:47:10 UTC 2005

I agree with Eric. While we need to be sensitive to the concerns
expressed by members of the community, the OSI board must make these
decisions. We have done so and should follow the decision until we
decide that it is incorrect.

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric S. Raymond [mailto:esr at]
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 2:27 PM
To: Russell Nelson
Cc: osi at; license-discuss at
Subject: Re: License Committee Report for September 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
>     and not had any support.  The license-discuss membership has
>     loudly and clearly that we should approve all licenses that comply
>     with the OSD.  Thus, we should withdraw those criteria and if
>     serious about them, set about modifying the Open Source

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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