[License-discuss] [License-review] License Review working group asks for community input on its recommendations

Pamela Chestek pamela.chestek at opensource.org
Fri Jan 27 23:45:07 UTC 2023

On 1/27/2023 1:01 PM, Josh Berkus wrote:
> On 1/26/23 18:10, Pamela Chestek wrote:
>> The OSI has now posted the recommendations of the License Review 
>> Working Group. The blog post is at 
>> https://blog.opensource.org/the-license-review-working-group-asks-for-community-input-on-its-recommendations/, 
>> with a wiki version available for comments. 
>> https://wiki.opensource.org/bin/Working%20Groups%20%26%20Incubator%20Projects/License%20Review/#
> None of these recommendations feel new; they all seem to be in line 
> with our existing practices.  Is that the idea, a codification of 
> existing practice?
> BTW, I (still) volunteer for the "license expiration committee". Happy 
> to help with that.
That may be the result, but it wasn't by design. The design was also to 
examine them.

There are some "unwritten rules" that we discussed but didn't adopt, 
like the "no vanity license" philosophy.

The hoped-for adoption of tagging is new, although the desire for 
machine-readable licenses is not new, just not yet achieved. And a 
metrics/quality based sorting of licenses to be listed in a preferred 
category, as a replacement for "popular and widely-used or with strong 
communities" is also a change, but I wouldn't say new.


Pamela Chestek
Chair, License Committee
Open Source Initiative

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