[License-discuss] Open source software licenses and the OSD

Tzeng, Nigel H. Nigel.Tzeng at jhuapl.edu
Mon Nov 12 12:16:24 UTC 2018

The OSI is not a membership organization.

All the $40 pays for is the ability to advise the board to pick someone (and I guess some discounts) but the board is under no obligation to actually do so according to the bylaws.

Maybe I am a member of some OSI discount club but not actually a member of the OSI.  It’s probably counts as a donation but probably no longer worth the effort of getting a donation receipt and claiming anymore.

From: Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com<mailto:bruce at perens.com>>
Date: Monday, Nov 12, 2018, 12:49 AM
To: Lawrence Rosen <lrosen at rosenlaw.com<mailto:lrosen at rosenlaw.com>>
Cc: license-discuss at lists.opensource.org <license-discuss at lists.opensource.org<mailto:license-discuss at lists.opensource.org>>
Subject: Re: [License-discuss] Open source software licenses and the OSD

On Sun, Nov 11, 2018, 19:42 Lawrence Rosen
Please comment directly on the 10-item W3C Royalty-Free License<https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy-20170801/#sec-Requirements> requirements. Can you incorporate them somehow into the OSD?
I haven't evaluated them yet. It would probably be about a hundred times easier to have them in a separate document.

Regarding OSI being a membership organization, the sad reality is that having OSI join standards organizations and flying around to meet with all of them costs a lot of money. But I did not find the individual membership fee to be any sort of hardship.
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