[License-review] [CAVO] Submission of OSET Public License for Approval

Patrick Masson masson at opensource.org
Mon Sep 7 19:06:55 UTC 2015

On Sun, 2015-09-06 at 13:51 -0400, Richard Fontana wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 06, 2015 at 09:34:15AM -0700, Lawrence Rosen wrote:
> > I'm concentrating instead on OSET's argument that government
> agencies need this license in order to properly acquire FOSS election
> software. If that's a valid fear, our community has some work to do to
> fix it -- and not necessarily introduce another license to gloss it
> over.
> I will say that I'm rather skeptical of this argument.

I too do not understand the argument around procurement (this is an
honest statement of ignorance, not a set up for a counter argument). 

As a former CIO and CTO within public higher education, I worked with
both state and public university procurement offices. In that time we
acquired open source software distributed under a variety of licenses
(e.g. Moodle via the GPL <https://docs.moodle.org/dev/License>; Sakai
via Apache and Educational Community License
<https://www.apereo.org/licensing/>, etc.). We also procured systems and
services from commercial vendors that included open source licensed
software bundled with proprietary software (e.g. Apple computers
<http://www.apple.com/opensource/>, Instructure Canvas via an open core
model with AGPL <https://github.com/instructure/canvas-lms/wiki>).

Never once while working within the University of California, State
University of New York nor University of Massachusetts, did I hear
procurement officers or contract managers raise issues around open
source licensing. Again, I and my colleagues may be ignorant of the
issues OSET has identified, but I would very much like to learn more.
Especially as I still provide consultation to UMass. I will also follow
up with my colleagues within UMass' procurement and legal offices. In
the mean time, can someone point me to the relevant discussions,
information around this?

Thank you,

    ||    |      |  ||||    ||    ||    |  ||||    |||    |    |||      
Patrick Masson
General Manager & Director
Open Source Initiative
855 El Camino Real, Ste 13A, #270
Palo Alto, CA 94301
United States
OSI Phone: (415) 857-5398
Direct Phone: (970) 4MASSON
Skype: massonpj
Em: masson at opensource.org
Ws: www.opensource.org
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/attachments/20150907/f9ec0362/attachment.html>

More information about the License-review mailing list