[License-discuss] For Public Comment: The Libre Source License

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Wed Aug 14 16:46:06 UTC 2019

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 7:15 AM Russell McOrmond <russellmcormond at gmail.com>

> a) whether these restrictions of private activities should be considered
> consistent with the OSD.

The OSD rules don't protect your private activities from the terms of Open
Source licenses.

> b) whether, separately from the OSI or other entities with charitable
> status, the community should be supporting enhancements to the law to
> remove the ability of software proprietors to have that level of control
> over private activities (lobbying lawmakers, amicus curiae briefs to
> courts, etc).

OSI has so far taken a very weak stance on software patenting in general, a
stance I do not personally approve of. We're clear that patent royalties or
restrictive patent licenses and Open Source aren't compatible. But you
would have to find another organization to go farther than that on the
software patent issue.

While we can't participate in political campaigns, a 501(c)3 can lobby if
the resources used are "insubstantial". To do more than that, we'd have to
create a separate foundation.
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