[License-review] Request for Legacy Approval of PHP License 3.01

Pamela Chestek pamela.chestek at opensource.org
Wed Mar 18 15:50:00 UTC 2020

On 3/18/2020 11:33 AM, Ben Ramsey wrote:
>> On Mar 11, 2020, at 09:26, Ben Ramsey <ben at benramsey.com> wrote:
>>> On Mar 5, 2020, at 21:24, Russell Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com> wrote:
>>> On 3/5/20 5:47 PM, Ben Ramsey wrote:
>>>>> On Mar 5, 2020, at 16:42, McCoy Smith <mccoy at lexpan.law> wrote:
>>>>> I do think, however, any approval should be contingent upon 3.0 being recategorized as "superceded" since it almost certainly has by 3.01.
>>>> I’ve already asked this on the PHP internals mailing list, and I don’t think this will be a problem. Is there anything we need to do on the PHP side to formalize this?
>>> I recommend that you create a document at http://www.php.net/license/3_00.txt which explains that no one should create new works under that license and point to https://opensource.org/licenses/PHP-3.0 as the text of the 3.00 license. That gives people the essential information, which is that nobody should use it, but if they do, it's still open source.
>> We have updated the 3.0 license document to accommodate this feedback. You can see the changes here: https://www.php.net/license/3_0.txt
> Since I’m not familiar with the process, I’m curious what are the next steps? From the License Review Process page, it sounds like the “Decision Date” would be 60 days from the time I submitted the request. Does that mean I should hear something by May 3?
Assuming discussion has been exhausted, the Board votes at the first
Board meeting after the 60 days, so the first Board meeting after May 3.
We have one scheduled for May 8 but they sometimes are delayed or
cancelled. About a week before the scheduled Board meeting, I submit the
License Committee's recommendation to the Board and copy the
License-Review list. Assuming the Board approves the license, I announce
the approval to the list shortly after the Board meeting.


Pamela Chestek
Chair, License Review Committee
Open Source Initiative

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