License Committee Report for December 2009

Russ Nelson nelson at
Thu Dec 24 03:56:17 UTC 2009

Okay, I'll pass that on to the board.  Oh, wait, you just did.  Well,
anyway, now we know that you considered it, tried it, and it didn't

Dave Page writes:
 > On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 11:02 PM, Russ Nelson <nelson at> wrote:
 > > Dave Page writes:
 > >  > Where can I find out the result of this submission?
 > >
 > > Hi, Dave, sorry for not getting back to you.  I was away in India
 > > during this board meeting, and didn't convey the board's decision to
 > > you.  The board wishes to know if you have considered relicensing
 > > under the MIT License?  If you construe your work as a collective
 > > copyright of all contributors, then any copyright holder is free to
 > > license under any terms as long as they compensate all other copyright
 > > holders.  In the open source world, relicensing from your license to
 > > the MIT license is a change of no effect, so no compensation would be
 > > due.
 > Hi Russ,
 > As I understand it (based on advice from SFLC about a year ago in
 > relation to a different project), we wouldn't be able to claim
 > collective copyright as we inherited the original code and licence
 > from UC Berkeley. It was only appropriate for the other project
 > because from day one, all code was attributed to the defined group
 > that made up the project team - and even then, we were advised to get
 > explicit permission to relicence from all contributors and to avoid
 > relying on collective copyright. A large part of the reason for that
 > was that we had a German developer who disagreed with the change, and
 > German law does not allow individual contributors to relicence.
 > Regardless of that however, the project's core team has previously
 > discussed and rejected any change of licence.
 > -- 
 > Dave Page
 > PostgreSQL Core Team

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