[License-review] Octopus License WAS: NOSA 2.0 - 'Up or Down' vote

Smith, McCoy mccoy.smith at intel.com
Wed Jan 11 19:06:53 UTC 2017

Also, if you did spend a lot of money on lawyers in drafting your license, it might be a good idea to have them participate in the discussion of it on this message board.  Some questions have been raised about the drafting of that license and the requirements under law for certain differences that have been added beyond the license from which it was derived.  For example, the express waiver of the obligation to provide updates and support is, AFAIK, not mandated in any national law (unlike things like warranty), so there doesn't seem to be any reason to add this provision -- it looks like a legal no-op to many of us.  Perhaps your lawyers can explain why they believe such an addition adds value.

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On 01/11/2017 08:28 AM, dialog purpose wrote:
> No, I was wrong. I remembered that the license has simply does not say 
> "you can recopyright it" and I remembered how much effort I made for 
> the license. Octopus License is based on Tcl/Tk, so if Octopus has 
> mistakes, then Tcl has also mistakes. But Octopus license fixed many 
> technical mistakes (such as copyright format) by lawyers, and I am the 
> one who paid a lot of money to those. Now either approve my license, 
> or I can never release and collaborate my project using the Atlassian products.

In general, it takes this committee three to 24 months to approve a new license.  That isn't a bug, it's a feature; there's already 70-some approved licenses out there covering almost every possible permutation of conditions.  The barrier to approving new licenses is high, as it should be.

If you're in a hurry, then use an existing, approved, license.

--Josh Berkus
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