[License-review] For Approval: Convertible Free Software License, Version 1.3 (C-FSL v1.3)

Simon Phipps webmink at opensource.org
Mon Jan 14 11:57:05 UTC 2019

On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 5:11 PM Smith, McCoy <mccoy.smith at intel.com> wrote:

> Hence the value of Freedom Zero of the FSD.  I continue to think that that
> concept is inherent in the OSD (in particular OSD 9), and not having it be
> a part of the OSD results in rather bizarre theoretical results, which I
> outlined here:
> http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2018-October/003751.html

One of the reasons for the Board's updated process outline for license
review was indeed to indicate that Stallman's four freedoms are an assumed
precondition for evaluation.

It may be worth reminding some folk that we approve licenses for general
use. It should be possible for many users of the code to simply proceed
knowing that a level playing field of rights delivering the four freedoms
are ensured by OSI approved licenses. While there's some precedent for
licenses explicitly delivering asymmetric rights (consider SISSL for
example), I don't believe there is a precedent for one of those sets of
rights being effectively a non-OSI-approved license.


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