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

ChanMaxthon xcvista at me.com
Tue Oct 22 01:52:05 UTC 2013

I will avoid fragmentation by forcing all localized versions of the same license freely interchangeable. A starting point: the license can be substituted with another localization of the same license, even without making any other modification to the work (distributors and copiers can relicense).

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> On 2013年10月21日, at 23:21, Luis Villa <luis at lu.is> wrote:
>> 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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