For Approval: Transitive Grace Period Public Licence, v1.0
nelson at crynwr.com
Wed Feb 18 02:02:32 UTC 2009
Christopher Schmidt writes:
> On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 07:36:48PM -0500, Russ Nelson wrote:
> > Not until we say so.
> How is that? Open source is a term.
True. It is a term with a generally-agreed meaning: OSI approval.
> I release open source (or Open Source) software that is not under an OSI
> Approved license, because that software meets the Open Source
How is anyone to know that? By this standard, "open source" means
everything and nothing. It means whatever the person who is saying it
wants it to mean -- including people who are hostile to open source,
free software, open data, and free anything.
I reject that standard.
If you don't want to use an OSI Approved license, then call it free
software. Open Source has a meaning: the use of an OSI Approved
Do I have the legal ability to force you to use open source this way?
No. It is not a trademark. But do I have to cooperate with you if
you use it this way? No, I do not.
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