[License-review] For Approval: The Cryptographic Autonomy License

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Fri May 10 22:01:56 UTC 2019

On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 2:19 PM VanL <van.lindberg at gmail.com> wrote:

> This discussion seems to be going around in circles.

I agree that we may have reached Josh's arbitrary limit of 100 messages at
which point people not involved in the process seem to give up upon it.
However, it is premature to say it's going in circles when we have just
raised the issue of how OSI's need to consider software freedom,
specifically Freedom Zero, and when we have just discussed the impact of
the license on peer-to-peer users.

1) You believe that software is not susceptible to public performance, or
> if it is, not through the API.

No, I believe that lawyers have disagreed upon this issue, right here.

2) You believe an operator's ability to lock down the data they receive
> from end users is core to the OSD and to the concept of Free Software.

Yes. As the Free Software Foundation and OSI both define things.

> 3) You believe that the CAL is too complicated and won't work.

I believe that no non-lawyer can understand it without counsel, and even
then there are issues.


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