License Committee Report for September 2005

Russell Nelson nelson at
Mon Sep 12 06:00:47 UTC 2005

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I'm the chair of the license approval committee.  This is my report
for the current set of licenses under discussion.  If anybody
disagrees with my assessment of the committee's conclusions, say so

I bring two concerns from the committee to the board:

  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.

  o The three criteria (readable, reusable and unique) that the board
    passed and published in March got accidentally deleted in August.
    They need to be restored to their proper place.  Most
    license-discuss members seem to believe that that place is in the
    OSD.  There is not a consensus on this, though.


Title: Fair License
License: in the submission
Comments: administrivial change (removal of URL).
Recommend: approval


Title: oxGLODE
License: there is no license submitted
Comments: Ernie pointed out that he needs to submit a license
Recommend: rejection


The ACE License is a hard case because it's duplicative, not very
readable and not reusable.  It doesn't recognize that some authors may
have rights they cannot waive.  On the other hand, they submitted the
license before we adopted the three new criteria.

Title: ACE License
License: in the submission
Comments: Rod Dixon's earlier suggestions were incorporated into the
Recommend: approval


Australia needs different warranty disclaimer wording.  This is a huge
nasty ball of wax.  How many different warranty disclaimers are there
in different countries??

Title: OZPLB Licence
License: In the submission, as proposed.  Existing license is
Comments: Brendan Scott suggests that disclaimers should go into a
Recommend: approval


The OVPL consists of two sets of changes to the CDDL.  One set changes
policy, and the other set changes implementation.  I have suggested
that in order for the OVPL to not be duplicative and to increase its
readability, its implementation changes should actually go into the
CDDL.  Simon Phipps and Alex Bligh are discussing this issue.

Aside from Andy's concern listed below, everybody thinks the license
complies with the OSD.

Title: Open Vendor Public License (OVPL)
Comments: The rationale for the license is at:
    Andy Wilson is not sure that the license's mandatory license-back
    falls within the letter and spirit of the OSD.
Recommend: rejection if you think that the "Readable" criteria means
    that a derived license should minimize changes even to the point
    of not renumbering sections.
Recommend: approval if you think that the "Readable" criteria means
    that the license *itself* should be readable even if it has to
    make changes with no legal import.
Recommend: deferral if you want to wait to see what Simon and Alex's
    negotiations produce in the way of changes to the CDDL.


Title: Open Vendor Lessor Public License(OVLPL)
Comments: modified from the OVPL so that a derived work can be
    created without causing the OVPL to apply to the portions licensed
    under another license.
Recommend: approval should be tied to the OVPL's approval.


Title: The Kannel Software License, Version 1.0
Comments: Apache 1.1 with s/apache/kannel/g.  Andrew Wilson suggested
    Apache 2.0.
Recommend: deferral; still under discussion.


Title: CeCILL - 
License: in the submission
Comments: Andy Wilson points out that the GPL compatibility clause
    makes the license trivially OSD compatible, so that it would be
    more honest to distribute dual-licensed GPL and CeCILL.  He also
    objects to the language requiring source distribution, and the
    language requiring conformance to the terms of the license.  John
    Cowan agrees with these last two but points out that a
    contribution licensed under the CeCILL would be licensable under
    both licenses, but that a GPL contribution would not be licensable
    under the CeCILL.
Recommend: rejection because of unclear source distribution language.


Title: Open-Realty License
Comments: Not a reusable license.  Submittor announced plans to
    resubmit license in
    but never resubmitted.
Recommend: rejection

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