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

Rick Moen rick at
Wed Feb 18 04:50:02 UTC 2009

Quoting Russ Nelson (nelson at

> Anybody here think that a license which permitted distribution of all
> the source code you didn't get would be approved?  I thought not.  And
> yet that would comply with the OSD.

And that was fairly similar to the example I was going to give, if I
cared enough to pursue the matter further with Christopher Schmidt.

Christopher and Zooko seem to think it's sufficient that the licence
mechanistically comply with the wording of OSD, devoid of context.  That
is not so, and sufficient reason has been cited (upthread) to think that
the real-world effect of the licence, as drafted, would be problematic
for various parties (not limited just to OSI, either).

I think Zooko will eventually realise that point is the one that

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