[License-discuss] Data portability as an obligation under an open source license

Pamela Chestek pamela at chesteklegal.com
Sat Jun 29 13:08:59 UTC 2019

On 6/28/19 11:40 PM, Bruce Perens via License-discuss wrote:
>     3.    _A license that requires data portability_. 
>     Section 2.3(b) obliges the user of a software to “provide to any
>     third party with which you have an enforceable legal agreement, a
>     no-charge copy … of the User Data in your possession in which that
>     third party has a Lawful Interest ….” The license submitter
>     confirmed in this sequence of emails that the intent of this
>     provision is to expand the scope of software freedom: 
>     http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2019-May/004123.html
>     <http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2019-May/004123.html>
>     http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2019-May/004124.html
>     <http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2019-May/004124.html>
>     http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2019-May/004126.html
>     <http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2019-May/004126.html>     The members of the License Review Committee do not agree whether
>     this is appropriate for an open source license. It therefore
>     requires extensive additional public discussion before the OSI
>     will be able to reach a conclusion on this point.
> It's my opinion that this is out of scope for an Open Source license.
> My argument is on the record above and I'm glad to elaborate. I think
> Arthur (Van's customer) could explain what he wants to do with this
> and why he thinks it's important. But even if I end up approving of
> the sentiment, so far I think it would remain out of scope for an OSI
> approved Open Source license. Of course, you don't need OSI's approval
> to use any license you wish.

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