For Approval: TrueCrypt Collective License Version 2.0

Tomas Novak counsel at
Wed Jul 12 16:11:33 UTC 2006

Matthew Seth Flaschen wrote:

> Obviously, you could not claim specifically that, but you could claim 
> the program was distributed under OSI-certified licenses, and thus in 
> whole is OSI-certified.  

Hi Matthew,

In our opinion, we cannot safely assume that several OSI-certified 
licenses merged into a single compound license will automatically 
create a OSI-certified license. Theoretically, interaction between the 
licenses could cause the compound license to be non-compliant in some 
respect. Therefore, we believe we need OSI approval of the compound 
license as a whole, so that the interaction between the component 
licenses and the definition of the phrase "component license" are 
approved as well. 

Thank you very much for your comments.

Tomas Novak

TrueCrypt Foundation

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