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

Lawrence Rosen lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Thu Jan 24 18:20:47 UTC 2019

Bruce Perens wrote:

> I know you're bothered that more people don't use the OSL.


Actually, I'm bothered more that people don't read this before they decide:




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From: Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> 
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:04 PM
To: Lawrence Rosen <lrosen at rosenlaw.com>; license-discuss at lists.opensource.org
Subject: Re: [License-discuss] Intimacy in open source (SSPL and AGPL)




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