Open Source Content License (OSCL)
bruce at perens.com
Mon Mar 31 17:38:28 UTC 2008
OSCL Steward wrote:
> any derivative works must be released under this version or a newer
version of the Open Source Content License and published by RCB I.T.
This looks to be clearly against OSD #5, regarding discrimination
against persons or groups.
So, is your intent here that derivative works are not licensed unless
your own company publishes them?
> If anyone here has any legal background and would give a free
assessment of the license that would be awesome because do the issue of
hiring an attorney to look at it is too expensive for my small company.
I know you mean well, but the license text either doesn't communicate
the intent clearly or the intent is not compliant with the OSD.
I would think that legal review is a reasonable prerequisite before you
submit a license here these days*. The various free legal resources like
SFLC don't generally perform work for for-profit entities. If you can't
afford counsel, your best choice would be to select one of the existing
Open Source or Creative Commons licenses. It looks as if your intent
might best fit one of the non-commercial ones.
And also, OSI has historicaly been loath to certify licenses for
anything but software.
I suggest that you withdraw your application for certification until you
can produce something with legal review and a more clear intent.
* And I acknowledge that legal review was not available to me 10 years
ago when the OSD was created.
Not speaking for OSI. I created the OSD (for the Debian project), about
8 months before OSI formed.
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