[License-review] Approval: BSD + Patent License
mike.milinkovich at eclipse.org
Fri Jan 15 16:15:14 UTC 2016
On 13/01/2016 1:57 PM, Smith, McCoy wrote:
> PROLIFERATION CATEGORY:
> This license should be categorized as a “Special Purpose License,” or, alternatively, as an approved variant of the BSD 2-clause license.
I also like the direction that proposal is going in. I believe that such
a license has the potential to be very useful and popular. Thank you for
taking the initiative to put this together.
One criticism of the BSD-style license that I have heard in the past is
that because it is an editable template, downstream consumers have an
added compliance burden to ensure that the version that they are looking
at is, in fact, an exact copy of the BSD. Have you considered giving
this license a name, and copyrighting it to help alleviate this issue? I
would guess that some text similar to what I've pasted below from the
EPL would be required. I am not sure who could be the license steward. I
would suggest the OSI itself, but I don't know if that is too radical a
departure from past practice.
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute copies of this
Agreement, but in order to avoid inconsistency the Agreement is
copyrighted and may only be modified in the following manner. The
Agreement Steward reserves the right to publish new versions
(including revisions) of this Agreement from time to time. No one
other than the Agreement Steward has the right to modify this
Agreement. The <<some organization>> is the initial Agreement
Steward. The <<some organization>> may assign the responsibility to
serve as the Agreement Steward to a suitable separate entity. Each
new version of the Agreement will be given a distinguishing version
number. The Program (including Contributions) may always be
distributed subject to the version of the Agreement under which it
was received. In addition, after a new version of the Agreement is
published, Contributor may elect to distribute the Program
(including its Contributions) under the new version.
Eclipse Foundation and OSI Director
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