openbravo license: another variant of the MPL

Michael Tiemann tiemann at
Tue Apr 26 12:26:03 UTC 2011

I hate to be the one to stir the pot and suggest yet another open source
license for review, so I'm writing to license-discuss first, not
license-review.  The openbravo license ( clearly sits much closer to the
Mozilla Public License (MPL) version 1.1 than does the CPAL, which the OSI
has approved.  If law really was like code, then one could argue
mathematically that a license that properly sits between two approved
licenses should be implicitly approved.  But that's not how things have
historically worked for the OSI, at least not at a form process level.

I would like to use and recommend openbravo, but feel conflicted about the
license's non-approved status.

WTF (What's the fix)?

Another license to be approved?

More progress on license templatization?

A theory of approval continuity (i.e., a license that sits properly between
two approved licenses is approved)?
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