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

Russ Nelson nelson at
Fri Feb 20 06:52:39 UTC 2009

Tzeng, Nigel H. writes:
 > >And it would be a damn shame for the OSI to approve a license as open source that had that property.
 > Yes.  It would also be a damn shame if the OSI never bothered to approve a license that was "different" and perhaps even "complex" even if it appears to adhere to the spirit of open source and provided something new.

The problem is that the license either 1) fails to have the requested
transitive nature (in which case a waiver suffices), or 2) turns
OSI-approved open source licenses such as the OSL into time-restricted
license.  It would totally and completely break the idea of OSI
approval on a license.

So, yeah, "appears to" is the operative phrase.

 > Essentially, it appears folks may have accepted that there is no middle ground between BSD and GPL.

Mmmmmm, no, it is that Zooko's middle ground does not work.  And
remember: Zooko insists on transitivity.  That is not necessarily part
of a middle ground.

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