[License-discuss] Improvement to the License-Review Process

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Thu Aug 27 18:50:39 UTC 2020

* Andrew DeMarsh:

>> Quite a few people view such a requirement in a software license as
>> DFSG-noncompliant.  I think it would be a bit odd if OSI adopted such
>> a requirement within its contribution process.
> I'm not sure that it would be required in the license text itself possibly
> only interacting with the mailing list review, I am confused as to which
> DFSG guideline this would run afoul, (Possibly 5?) could you elaborate?

I think the most common interpretation is that outlawing anonymous
changes is an implicit restriction on field of endeavor (because you
cannot modify the software in a context in which you want to stay
anonymous for reasons of personal safety, say).

On the other hand, the GPL (version 2) seems to disallow anonymous
changes, and was obviously deemed DFSG-compliant.

>> It also does not stop people from submitting time wasters under a
>> real, government-issued identity.
> Theoretically if this happened repeatedly moderator action could be taken
> or at least it would allow us to set email filters to properly sort the
> emails and gauge how much effort to put into interacting with the review.

I think that's already covered by the existing T&S, though.

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