[License-discuss] Mixed 5yr non-open then fully open license

Simon Phipps simon at webmink.com
Mon Jul 30 20:55:07 UTC 2018

How about:

   - TGGPL https://github.com/zooko/tgppl  (not OSI approved)
   - BSL  https://mariadb.com/bsl11 (not OSI approved)
   - Discussion on Wikipedia

This approach is deeply flawed as it (at best) hinders collaboration[1] and
prevents innovate alternate uses of parts of the code by unknown others[2].



[1]: https://meshedinsights.com/2017/10/31/permission-in-advance/
[2]: https://meshedinsights.com/2018/02/15/unknown-others/

On Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 9:40 PM, John Dupuy <john at cattailcreek9.com> wrote:

> As I could not find anything comparable, I actually wrote a new license
> last year I called "MR5A". I used it for my first mobile app, which I'm
> distributing on Google Play. I'm now using on a few more applications. A
> few folks I know are considering using it.
> But, before things keep going ... and I know the last thing the world need
> is yet another license ... I'd like to ask he experts on this list a few
> questions:
> 1. Is there a license similar to this anywhere else? If so, I'll adopt
> that one and suppress this one.
> 2. Do you see any huge downsides to this license?
> Details: https://www.makerredux.com/license/MR5.html
> This is a two-phase license:
>   A. For 5 years it is a commercial license. The source code is merely
> viewable for educational purposes, but is not open.
>   B. After the 5 year expiration, the source code becomes fully permissive
> open source.
> The license states explicitly that any code added during the 5 years does
> not change the expiration deadline. So any new code or changed code is
> commercial for LESS than 5 years.
> The license also includes assets such as pictures and sounds if they are
> part of the source code "repository".
> Thoughts?
> Thanks in advance on any advice or feedback!
> --
>   John Dupuy
>   john at cattailcreek9.com
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