Request for approval: EUPL (European Union Public Licence)

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Sun Mar 16 19:46:49 UTC 2008

Russ Nelson wrote:
> Matthew Flaschen writes:
>  > Russ Nelson wrote:
>  > > Matthew Flaschen writes:
>  > >  > But what if translation X, say, doesn't require providing source code? 
>  > > 
>  > > What if, say, a meteor struck the earth?
>  > 
>  > To follow this intellectually lazy analogy, then NASA would realize it 
>  > shouldn't have smashed the meteor into 22 pieces then let it slip off 
>  > the radar.
> Well then we should perhaps stick to realistic risks, then, eh?

A translation error is entirely realistic.

>  > They obviously do have serious things to worry about, and free software 
>  > should make their lives easier, rather than harder.
> Fine.  But if they're at THAT much risk, the concerns of a free
> software license are probably way way down on their TOWORRY list.

I'm not saying they should worry.  I'm saying OSI should, before 
approving the license.  That's its job.

>  > If you think being in a totalitarian state means they don't have to be 
>  > concerned at all about copyright, you're wrong.
> Convince me.  Real cases, rather than fevered sophomoric imaginings,
> would be a help.

China enforces copyright law, when it suits their agenda.  They also 
demand information from Western companies, then use it to facilitate 

More importantly, you are ignoring the real issue.  No OSI-approved 
license has a contact info requirement.  I have given reasons to be 
skeptical of the requirement in this license.  You have given no reasons 
to keep it.

Matt Flaschen

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