[License-review] request for review of the 3D Slicer License

Josh Berkus josh at berkus.org
Thu Jun 10 00:26:37 UTC 2021

Mr. Pieper:

> I'm requesting a review of the 3D Slicer license for Legacy Approval as 
> a Non-Reusable license.

License-review has had a long discussion of the license[1], and it does 
not look possible to approve it in its current form.

As this discussion veered off into somewhat of a tangent, let me 
summarize two major blockers discussed with the license to date:

1) Bundling the license together with a built-in Contributor License 
Agreement makes it non-approvable

2) The explicit legal requirement, particularly regarding export laws, 
is one that OSI cannot approve for more than one reason:

"You further agree to
use, reproduce, make derivative works of, display and distribute
the Software in compliance with all applicable governmental laws,
regulations and orders, including without limitation those relating
to export and import control."

While there might be other parts of the license still under discussion, 
those are the two major ones that would prevent approval as a legacy 

Your comments on these would be helpful, thanks!


Josh Berkus
Member of License-Review

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