[License-review] Submission of the Upstream Compatibility License v1.0 (UCL-1.0) for approval

Richard Fontana fontana at opensource.org
Tue Nov 29 01:50:58 UTC 2016

On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 05:43:35PM -0800, Josh berkus wrote:
> On 11/28/2016 05:01 PM, Richard Fontana wrote:
> > I recognize one can argue that OSD 5 is intended to address different
> > kinds of discriminatory treatment. Ultimately I think this should be
> > decided by evolving community standards; it's not particularly an
> > issue of legal judgment and so lawyers will be of limited usefulness. 
> Can we get a ruling from the Board on license assymetry?  If we can have
> a judgement on this, then it would make future discussions of similar
> licenses easy.

I will raise the issue - so it's essentially 'are asymmetrical
arrangements in a license ever enough of a reason for not approving a
license as Open Source'. An example of an asymmetrical arrangement is
a copyleft license where the original licensor gets a special
permissive license covering downstream modifications.


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