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

Luis Villa luis at lu.is
Tue Oct 15 00:27:06 UTC 2013

On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 5:09 PM, John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:

> 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.

Explaining why previous licenses have been rejected is, potentially, an
important learning tool for our approval process - both for people who are
considering drafting or submitting their licenses, and for us, so that we
have a sense of our own history other than our collective heads.

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