[License-discuss] Newbie post: Localisable open source software license

Luis Villa luis at lu.is
Mon Oct 21 15:21:48 UTC 2013

On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 7:17 AM, ChanMaxthon <xcvista at me.com> wrote:

> What I am trying here is to add similar clauses into open source licenses
> for software, making it similarly localizable. I will also include a
> single-direction relicensing clause converting the localizable variant to
> its base license. My current project is an l10n-3BSDL, will also have
> l10n-2BSDL (converts down to both 2-clause BSDL and MIT), l10n-Apache2,
> l10n-LGPL3 and l10n-GPL3 forks.

I would recommend looking at the equivalent clauses in CC 4.0, which are
substantially better drafted than the same clauses in CC 3.0.

That said, I would probably still push for OSI to reject them if they were
submitted to OSI: as CC has learned, this approach leads to fragmentation,
and the open source approach has never, in practice, been shown to cause
problems. In other words, you're trying to solve a theoretical problem, not
a real problem.

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