[License-discuss] Ethical open source licensing - Persona non Grata Preamble

Eric S. Raymond esr at thyrsus.com
Wed Feb 26 16:29:36 UTC 2020

Johnny A. Solbu <johnny at solbu.net>:
> Adding such [social-justice] clauses makes any software using such a license, proprietary software.

Precise language is important.  Respectfully, I judge this claim is false.

"Proprietary" has a specific meaning related to the assertion of exclusive ownership rights.
That is not what is is going on with things like the PNG - while they intend to produce
exclusion, the attempt dies not proceed from an ownership claim.

I think we beed a better tern for this, rather than stretching "proprietary" out of shape.
		<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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