For Approval: Non-Profit OSL 3.0

Chuck Swiger chuck at
Tue Aug 7 00:02:29 UTC 2007

On Aug 6, 2007, at 3:51 PM, John Cowan wrote:
> Lawrence Rosen scripsit:
>> Since the new Non-Profit OSL 3.0 does not otherwise affect any  
>> part of the
>> open source bargain, it should be approved for the same reasons  
>> that the
>> original OSL 3.0 license was approved.
> +1

Seconded, but with a caveat I'll detail below.

> You need to fix up s. 16, though, to refer to the NOSL, or in the  
> alternative to both NOSL and OSL.

Nice catch, agreed.

If there were more significant differences between the OSL and the  
NOSL, I would be concerned by the requirement in 17(d) for people who  
redistribute the software released by the IETF under the NOSL to use  
the OSL, unless they can claim 17(a).  Arguably, this encroaches upon  
OSD #7 and perhaps OSD #5.

What value does the IETF gain from making the assertion in 17(a) and  
insisting that people who are not non-profit organizations must  
relicense under the OSL, instead?


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