Submitting GPLv3 and LGPLv3 for OSI inclusion.

Michael Tiemann tiemann at
Thu Jul 5 20:43:27 UTC 2007

Mike Milinkovich wrote:
>> On Jun 29, 2007, at 10:33 AM, Chris DiBona wrote:
>>> I submit the following licenses for consideration by the OSI for
>>> inclusion in the list of licenses complying with the OSD.
> I have a feeling that I might regret asking this question, but here goes....
> :-)
> As I recall, when some time ago someone submitted the Microsoft community
> licenses, the reaction was that since the steward of those licenses didn't
> ask for OSI approval, it did not make much sense to conduct a review and/or
> approval. If that was true then, shouldn't the FSF be asking for this
> approval now?
I found this thread on license-discuss:

If this is the thread you were thinking of, then I'd summarize the 
question as "I wonder what would happen if somebody were to submit 
this?" and the OSI Board chose not to answer a speculative question.

> Or are we collectively agreeing that (L)GPLv3 is of sufficient gravitas to
> warrant a special case? Obviously we are talking about two quite different
> sources here.
We're not playing favorites here.  Unlike the case of the Microsoft 
licenses (which were discussed as a hypothetical possibility), Chris 
DiBona made a specific request, which is now in play.  If somebody has 
code licensed under a Microsoft license (any Microsoft license) and 
wants to know whether we think the license does or does not conform to 
the OSD, we'll give it a fair hearing.


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