[License-review] For Approval: Convertible Free Software License, Version 1.1 (C-FSL v1.1)
estellnb at elstel.org
Fri Dec 7 09:23:04 UTC 2018
It would be my question on how to find out what needs to be
fixed/changed for the C-FSL license. It would be very helpful to know in
greater detail what prevents the license from being approved in a first
place. Do I need to hire a lawyer to redraft the license? If yes, do you
have any suggestions on how to find the right person for doing so?
Answers/suggestions are highly welcome.
On 07.12.18 07:15, Richard Fontana wrote:
> In my most recent License Committee Report I recommended that the OSI
> reject the Convertible Free Software License.
> Subsequently, however, at its November board meeting, the OSI decided
> to withhold approval of the Convertible Free Software License, pending
> submission of a redrafted version.
> On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 3:58 AM Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb at elstel.org> wrote:
>> Full Name: Convertible Free Software License Version 1.1
>> Short Identifier: C-FSL v1.1
>> URL: https://www.elstel.org/license/C-FSL-v1.1.txt
>> Rationale and Distinguish:
>> While the BSD license allows the whole world to re-license and while
>> re-licensing is virtually impossible with GPL since every contributor
>> would need to consent the C-FSL license goes a practical intermediate
>> way restricting the right to re-license to a group called the original
>> authors. That way open source developers are not excluded from making
>> business with others who want to base a proprietary product on the given
>> piece of open source software.
>> Proliferation Category & Legal Review:
>> A lawyer from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency, USA) has already
>> checked C-FSL for its proliferation properties. He has found the license
>> to be compatible with other open source licenses. He decided that C-FSL
>> can be used together with the CC0 license in the FDtool (functional
>> dependency mining tool) project.
>> list of software which uses C-FSL v1.1.:
>> qcoan: https://www.elstel.org/coan
>> xchroot, confinedrv, bundsteg, debcheckroot, dbschemacmd: also found at
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