[License-discuss] Evolving the License Review process for OSI

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Sun May 26 00:37:43 UTC 2019

With the possible exception of the Affero license, which we should discuss
off-list, I don't believe you are in a minority at all.

On Sat, May 25, 2019, 17:20 Russell McOrmond <russellmcormond at gmail.com>

> On Sat, May 25, 2019 at 4:52 PM Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
>> IMO, this OSI mailing list is a natural place for people supportive of
>> OSI's real-world objectives.
> The OSI as an organisation is free to determine its own objectives.
> Whether they are in-line with what other people consider to be the
> real-world objectives of software freedom can and does change over time.
> My interest in Free Software was to ensure that the rules that governed
> computers were transparent and accountable to the owners of those
> computers.  This to me is what the Free Software definition, and the
> derivative Open Source definition, were all about.
> Then came along software patents which made discussion of copyright-only
> licenses necessary but not sufficient for software freedom.
> Then came along attacks on private modification with Affero licenses which
> I believe will have the harmful consequence of expanding the scope of
> copyright law.
> Then came along hardware that didn't allow owners to make their own
> software choices, and inappropriate laws protecting this attack on
> technology property rights.
> And now some in the FLOSS community want a say in what a user of software
> that is neither modifying or distributing it does with that software.
> I consider all of that incompatible with the real-world objectives of the
> FLOSS movement, but recognise that at this specific time in the life of the
> movement that I'm in the minority.
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