[License-discuss] Intimacy in open source (SSPL and AGPL)

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Thu Jan 24 06:03:45 UTC 2019

On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 9:02 PM Lawrence Rosen <lrosen at rosenlaw.com> wrote:

> Or understand and accept that *Open Source Software* is more than the GPL
> and recommend other approved open source licenses instead of the GPL.

I know you're bothered that more people don't use the OSL. However, the
proposals we've been seeing like the SSPL go far beyond the restrictions of
the OSL, to encumbering software used in combination with the licensed
software to offer a service, but clearly not a derivative work at all.

It seems to me that if they believed that OSL or AGPL were sufficient to
their needs, that they'd happily use them. We did see an explanation of why
AGPL was not adequate. It seemed to me that the same explanation would
apply to OSL.


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