[License-review] License drafting quality and process [was Re: Comment on MOSL and similar licenses]

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Thu Jun 6 14:55:05 UTC 2013

Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz scripsit:

> Requiring evidence of 100+ projects using a new proposed license may indeed
> be beneficial mainly to bodies, i.e. governments discovering (-
> eventually!) the real opportunity of FLOSS distribution. 

How will you find 100 people willing to put their projects under a license
that OSI might decide isn't Open Source at all?  I certainly wouldn't.
Putting such a demand on license authors is tantamount to shutting down OSI,
at least as far as approving new licenses is concerned.

Anyway, all this strikes me as a solution in search of a problem.  We are
really not being inundated with new licenses these days.

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