[License-discuss] Rejected license list [was Re: TrueCrypt license (not OSI-approved; seeking history, context).]

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Tue Oct 15 00:09:02 UTC 2013

Luis Villa scripsit:

> Slightly more broad than that: a list of licenses that we have rejected,
> including the rationales for rejection. Your list would presumably be a
> subset, as some licenses might have been submitted and rejected without a
> later, false claim to being open source.

I think publishing such a list would be a supremely bad idea.  Our
business is to approve licenses, not to disapprove them.  If someone is
using the term "open source" for a non-certified license, we should
privately try to persuade them to stop doing so, and (if feasible)
get their license certified or change licenses.  If they are using
the term in bad faith, as shown by earlier attempts, we should ignore
them -- we don't have proprietary rights in the term, after all.

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