Open Source Content License (OSCL) - Other/Miscellaneous licenses

OSCL Steward oscl at
Tue Apr 1 00:28:22 UTC 2008

Well I the idea of not allowing licensing under something else like say GPL
is that GPL is different than the OSCL and I think that to allow derivative
works under a different license has problems, but at the same time I can see
your point.  I also have thought about it in the context of who would want
to start a collaborative project on our website if we make them put it under
our license or any specific license.  Perhaps the best method of dealing
with this would be to modify the mediawiki software we are using to allow
the original author of a page to determine it's license from a list of say
OSI approved licenses.

-----Original Message-----
From: Russ Nelson [mailto:nelson at] 
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 8:55 AM
To: OSCL Steward; license-review at
Subject: Re: Open Source Content License (OSCL) - Other/Miscellaneous

John Cowan writes:
 > original.  This is not a problem in itself, but the proliferation of
 > such licenses is, because content licensed under one such license (say,
 > yours) and content licensed under another such license (say, the GPL)
 > cannot be brought together to form a work that is jointly derivative of
 > both works.  In essence, each such license creates a separate commons.

Unless the license says ".... or under the GPL", in which case the
existance of the license is fairly pointless.

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