[License-discuss] Fwd: Re: Data portability as an obligation under an open source license
christine at fossforce.com
Sat Jun 29 16:32:07 UTC 2019
If my understanding of this issue is correct, then it seems pretty clear
cut that this is a restriction that can't be part of an open source license.
Open source licenses (again, according to my understanding -- folks with
many years experience at OSI should correct me if I'm wrong) should
apply only to the software being licensed, and the data collected by or
stored within a software application is clearly not part of the software
By including anything, be it data collected by applications or other
software used to deliver the application, could open a door that would
eventually make open source software irrelevant.
While the advent of cloud and uses such as Software as a Service have
opened new avenues for skirting software freedom, I don't think that
software licensing is the proper way to deal with these issues,
especially given the provision in the OSD that license must be
Board - Open Source Initiative
On 6/29/19 9:08 AM, Pamela Chestek wrote:
> 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:
>> 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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