[License-review] Approval: Server Side Public License, Version 1 (SSPL v1)

Smith, McCoy mccoy.smith at intel.com
Thu Oct 18 22:33:38 UTC 2018

>>From: License-review [mailto:license-review-bounces at lists.opensource.org] On Behalf Of VanL
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>>That said, the implied scope of the patent license is immense, which would end up being another reason why people would avoid this license. But I didn't read that as a legal flaw.

I’m not sure that the patent license would be implied, there is an express patent grant in AGPLv3, Sec 11, which SSPL uses, unaltered.  How this would work with the requirements for providing Service Source Code is not exactly crystal clear but there certainly is an argument that you must grant to everyone a no-charge express patent license to the Service Source Code. Whether that’s bug/flaw or feature/advantage is probably a philosophical or transaction positional question.

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