TGPPL, deterring licence proliferation by withholding the stamp of OSD-conformance (was: recent submissions merit no action)

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Jan 21 18:11:17 UTC 2009

Zooko O'Whielacronx scripsit:

> My Request For Approval is not frivolous.  I believe that the  
> Transitive Grace Period Public Licence could turn out to be important  
> -- it is a novel mechanism for cooperation which has the potential to  
> greatly foment creative work.  Other people think it is a good idea,  
> too.

I agree entirely that the TGPPL is not frivolous, though it may not
accomplish what it attempts to accomplish.

> 3.  Separately indicate whether the OSI finds a licence to be OSD- 
> conformant and whether it advises the use of that licence.  This is  
> as Russell Nelson has suggested in "restarting License (anti-) 
> Proliferation" [1].  In this scheme, the OSI would maintain two lists  
> of licences: "recommended" and "conformant".  In my opinion this is  
> the best option of the three.

Such efforts are indeed underway.

[W]hen I wrote it I was more than a little              John Cowan
febrile with foodpoisoning from an antique carrot       cowan at
that I foolishly ate out of an illjudged faith
in the benignancy of vegetables.  --And Rosta

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