For Approval: Transitive Grace Period Public Licence, v1.0

Russ Nelson nelson at
Sun Feb 1 03:33:00 UTC 2009

Bruce Perens writes:
 > 2. Zooko said some time ago that he needs this to be in the license so 
 > that he, or other creators of works under the license, can compel 
 > creators of derivative works to also offer the same term on their addition.

Yes, that was in the email I was responding to.  It's a simple
modification to his 12-month waiver, which makes it conditioned on
offering the same waiver to the licensee's sublicensees.

There is a slight difference between what he wants and what we want
him to take away.  You might have the case where a licensee declines
to accept the waiver, in which case they still get the software but
the OSL only requires that they redistribute under the terms of the
OSL.  Thus, their sublicensees don't get the offer of the waiver.
Zooko can offer the waiver separately to them.

BUT (and here's the difference) they might not know about Zooko's
offer.  That seems sufficiently improbable, and the harm from it small
enough, that I think that the value of not having the TGPPL as a named
license choice exceeds the harm of this event.

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