For Approval: TVA Open Source License

Lawrence Rosen lrosen at
Fri Sep 11 20:06:37 UTC 2009

Bruce, I agree that GPL compatibility is a fine goal. But the provisions
they've changed on the NASA license don't affect that. I don't know why the
GPL is listed as incompatible with NASA at all. Let's let that argument take
place with FSF folks, not here.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Perens [mailto:bruce at] 
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 12:33 PM
To: Lawrence Rosen
Cc: 'Carroll, James Ritchie'; license-review at;
jmw at
Subject: Re: For Approval: TVA Open Source License

Lawrence Rosen wrote:
> Whether or not it is compatible
> with the GPL is a matter for discussion on the FSF website, but is
> irrelevant to your proposal here.
Isn't that going a bit too far? GPL-compatibility is a significant goal, 
and IMO justifies the submission of a new license.
Regardless of the state of the NASA license, if they have chosen to 
steer clear of an existing argument by making a modification to the 
terms, that seems relevant.



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