[License-review] Approval: Server Side Public License, Version 2 (SSPL v2)

Eric Schultz eric at wwahammy.com
Sat Dec 1 06:26:25 UTC 2018

This version has much the same problems as before. The limitations what
code is included on Section 13 seem practically limitless because Service
is not defined. I don't think this can comply with OSD 9 until you explain
the limitations better, not only in this thread but also in the license.

I second much of what Bradley Kuhn said.

This response makes it seem like this isn't a good faith effort on your
part to create a compliant license. There's a lot of volunteers here who
have a lot of other things to do. If you want to exploit the volunteers who
have contributed to MongoDB by changing the license, that's your business.
I don't think it's fair for you to exploit the volunteers here though by
not making a good faith effort to bring the license into compliance.


On Wed, Nov 21, 2018, 4:37 PM Eliot Horowitz <eliot at mongodb.com wrote:

> Thank you for your comments on the Server Side Public License.  Below is
> an updated version of the Server Side Public License, which we are
> submitting for review in lieu of version 1.0.  If this version is approved
> by OSI, we plan to apply it to the next release of our MongoDB software,
> which is currently available under version 1.0.
> In this version, we have made several significant substantive changes in
> Section 13, we well as certain conforming and non-substantive changes.
> Members of the list expressed concerns that compliance with the source
> code sharing conditions of Section 13 would not be feasible, because in
> common technology environments today, some parts of the Service Source Code
> would be proprietary, or subject to incompatible open source licenses.  To
> address this concern, we have clarified that the source code sharing
> condition of Section 13 does not require delivery of Major Components or
> System Libraries. We have also added the option to make the Service Source
> Code (other than the Corresponding Source for the Program itself) available
> under OSI or FSF approved licenses, to the extent that the licensee does
> not have the right to share the Service Source Code under the terms of the
> Members had also expressed concerns about whether the SSPL meets OSD 9 --
> that the license must not restrict other software.  While we think version
> 1 met with this plank of the definition, and explained why in our initial
> submission, we made the changes described above in part to further address
> this concern, by limiting the source code that must be made available
> subject to this license and adding the option to make the source code
> available under other open source licenses.
> Below is a list of changes.  The revised license appears after the listed
> changes, in plaintext.
> Substantive changes:
> --Version number changed from 1 to 2
> --Date changed to November [____] 2018
> --Section 13, first sentence: added “or, solely with respect to any
> programs (other than the Program or a modified version) for which you do
> not have the right to make the Corresponding Source available under the
> terms of this License, under the terms of a license that has been approved
> by the Open Source Initiative or categorized by the Free Software
> Foundation as free”
> --Section 13, second paragraph: added “(other than programs that are Major
> Components or System Libraries)” after “all programs”
> --Section 13, second paragraph: “storage software and hosting software”
> changed to “host orchestration software”
> Non-substantive and conforming changes:
> --Definition of This License: added “the”
> --Section 5, last sentence: “Without limiting section 13,” added
> --Section 8: “or otherwise use” added in two places
> --Section 9: added “single” before “copy”
> --Section 9: “use” added to “propagate or modify” and “using” added to
> “modifying or propagating”
> --Section 13: “a” replaces “the” in first line of Service Source Code
> definition
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