License Committee Report for July 2007
nelson at crynwr.com
Mon Jul 23 20:05:35 UTC 2007
I'm the chair of the license approval committee. This is my report
for the current set of licenses under discussion.
Title: Open Source Hardware License
License: In the submission
Comments: No consensus on license-discuss that OSI should be in the
business of Open Source Hardware.
Recommend: more discussion, with some direction from the board. Is
this a direction that OSI should go in? And, even if we do, is a
license particular to hardware needed?
Title: Common Public Attribution License (CPAL)
License: in the submission
Comments: Andrew Oliver: Tomorrows software will include Socialtext at
the bottom of the stack of a much larger aggregation of software.
Rick Moen: Let's be tolerant of licence-created problem scenarios that
seem, at best, on the far end of "unlikely to actually occur".
Recommend: I think the board is on its own on this one. My personal
recommendation (as a board member, not the chair) is to approve the
license and see if it achieves the Open Source effect. The APL was
not a widely used license, I suspect because of its complexity.
Let's give attribution requirements another chance in a simpler
license. If such a licensed software does not achieve the Open
Source effect, it will put the issue to rest.
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