[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 20:42:33 UTC 2013

Richard Fontana scripsit:

> But if a license *has* been rejected (in some official way -- does
> this actually apply to any submitted license, historically?) 

It doesn't, and it wouldn't make sense considering the OSI process.  As a
certifying organization, the OSI is reactive.  We wait for someone to
submit a license, and if we believe it meets the OSD and other criteria,
we certify it.  If not, we send it back to the submitter with the reasons
we can't certify it.

But the ball is always in the submitter's court: they are free to try
again with a new version of the license at any time.  It would not
make sense to put every non-accepted version on a "hall of shame" list,
particularly when it may have been quickly superseded by an acceptable

This is completely different from the FSF process.  The FSF takes
existing published licenses and rates them for conformity with the Four
Freedoms (and also for GPL compatibility).  They do this without waiting
for submissions.  Consequently, it makes sense for them to list both
conforming and non-conforming licenses.

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