[License-discuss] Ethical open source licensing - Persona non Grata Preamble

Brendan Hickey brendan.m.hickey at gmail.com
Fri Feb 21 16:24:45 UTC 2020

While this may all seem hypothetical, a decade ago a developer bungled his
taxes and retaliated by banning the Belgian government from using of his


On Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 11:20 AM VanL <van.lindberg at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 9:53 AM John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 10:21 AM VanL <van.lindberg at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> But think about OSD #5, which prohibits discrimination against people or
>>> groups, or OSD #6, prohibiting discrimination against fields of endeavor.
>>> It is true that the PNGL would not vary the permissions granted, but it
>>> would be a clear statement of discrimination against those groups,
>>> including a declaration that they will be treated differently in the
>>> acceptance of contributions.
>> Lots of people are already treated differently, it just flies under the
>> radar.  There are individuals I won't accept patches from...
> Yes, but putting it in the license makes it different in a way that I
> think may be cognizable under the OSD. I am also uneasy about the forced
> speech issue, although I can't ground that in the OSD as easily.
> Thanks,
> Van
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