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

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Feb 18 04:38:22 UTC 2009

Christopher Schmidt scripsit:

> How is that? Open source is a term. TGPPL is not an OSI Approved
> License, and until TGPPL is a OSI Approved, it is a violation of the
> trademark usage guidelines to use that, but thee is no similar trademark
> on "Open Source", according to anythign I've read.

You are technically quite correct.

> I release open souce (or Open Source) software that is not under an OSI
> Approved license, because that software meets the Open Source
> Definition. Whether the Open Source INitiative has approved that license
> is irrelevant to whether the software actually is or is not open source.

Indeed.  However, OSI approval has its advantages.

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