[License-discuss] "Ethical open source" and the Persona Non Grata clause.

Russell McOrmond russellmcormond at gmail.com
Tue Feb 25 13:49:48 UTC 2020

On Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 12:27 PM Eric S. Raymond <esr at thyrsus.com> wrote:

> I reject the "Persona Non Grata" clause, and all other attempts at
> so-called "ethical" open-source licensing, in the strongest possible
> terms.  To get entangled in this sort of thing would not merely
> be against OSI's charter as expressed in the OSD, it would invite
> second- and third-order effects that would be gravely harmful.

Thank you!!

I would like to add one further thought, which relates to your other
comments about stare decisis, which is that acceptance of a concept by the
FSF, or approval by the FSF of a specific license embodying a concept,
should not be considered binding on the OSI.   The FSF is not infallible,
and as with any other organisation has made its own share of mistakes.

Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>

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