[License-review] [Was: Submission of OSET Public License for Approval] -- National Security and Public Policy (3.5B and 4)

Richard Fontana fontana at sharpeleven.org
Tue Sep 15 15:54:33 UTC 2015

On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 02:34:06AM +0000, Meeker, Heather J. wrote:
> §   3.5B Application of Additional Terms. We allowed additional conditions
> specifically to address national security or public interest concerns as well
> as state and federal procurement regulations. This is an important aspect of
> the unique target audience for this license – federal, state, county, and/or
> municipal elections administration agencies.
> § 4 Inability to Comply Due to Statute or Regulation.  We added national
> security and necessity of public interest to the list of circumstances due to
> which the licensee may be unable to comply with the terms of the license. 

Is OSET contemplating that software distributed under the OSET Public
License along with section 3.5 B conditions will be in all cases
describable as 'Open Source', assuming approval of the OSET PL by the

I'm a little concerned about the potential for commercially-motivated
open-washing here.


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