[License-review] For Legacy Approval: Zope Public License v2.1

McCoy Smith mccoy at lexpan.law
Wed Apr 7 00:52:34 UTC 2021

Shouldn't ZPL2.0 also be listed as superseded if this latest version is a replacement for it?

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> Subject: [License-review] For Legacy Approval: Zope Public License v2.1
> Hi,
> My name is Jens Vagelpohl and I am release manager for the Zope web
> application server and many of its add-on packages maintained in the GitHub
> organization “zopefoundation” at https://github.com/zopefoundation.
> Almost all of our products, the oldest starting in the late 1990s, have been
> published under the Zope Public License, which had been certified by the OSI
> many years ago. The latest version on file at the OSI is version 2.0, see
> https://opensource.org/licenses/ZPL-2.0, which has existed since 2001.
> The ZPL version 2.0 makes references to Zope Corporation as holding
> copyrights to code in Zope and related packages. However, after lobbying by
> the Zope Foundation Zope Corporation assigned code copyrights to the
> foundation in te mid-2000s. The Zope Public License was rewritten to account
> for this copyright change and we removed all references to Zope Corporation
> and released as ZPL version 2.1. The earliest license copies I found in our
> repositories for version 2.1 are from 2005.
> At this point the ZPL version 2.0 hasn’t been used for a decade. All source
> code had been switched to ZPL 2.1 more than 10 years ago, and Zope
> Corporation has been defunct for at least as long. I do not know why no
> foundation representative reached out to the OSI and asked for an update to
> the published version on the OSI website, even though I was secretary for
> the Zope Foundation Board of Directors at the time.
> I am hereby asking for legacy approval for the Zope Public License version
> 2.1. I have attached a copy of the license and a copy of the copyright header
> we attach to all source code files in our repositories.
> Thank you for your help!
> Jens Vagelpohl
> Release Manager, Zope
> https://plone.org/community/zope-team

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