Request for approval: EUPL (European Union Public Licence)

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Mar 17 03:33:31 UTC 2008

Bruce Perens scripsit:

> A license doesn't mean anything without the context of a body of law.
> And thus the choice of law is as important as any text in the license. 


> But since OSI can not practically get into the business of evaluation
> of national law, it would be better to require that licenses do not
> specify choice of law.

I don't understand your reasoning here.  Copyright law is about as
international as any law could be, and that's what matters most to
determinations of OSD compliance.

In any case, a license without a choice-of-law clause is really multiple
licenses.  On your view, we should either review such a license against
all legal systems, or else abstain from legal reasoning altogether.

John Cowan  cowan at
Thor Heyerdahl recounts his attempt to prove Rudyard Kipling's theory
that the mongoose first came to India on a raft from Polynesia.
        --blurb for Rikki-Kon-Tiki-Tavi

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