[License-review] Approval request for ZENTAO PUBLIC LICENSE

Tom Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Thu Jun 23 18:06:33 UTC 2016

On 06/23/2016 02:02 PM, Josh berkus wrote:
> On 06/23/2016 10:42 AM, Smith, McCoy wrote:
>> Interesting.  I'd forgotten about CPAL.
>> Just out of curiosity, was 4-clause BSD (aka BSD with advertising clause) ever on the OSI list?  It seems that 3-clause came about (and 4-clause "rescinded") around the time that OSI was created.  If 4-clause BSD were on the OSI list, that'd be another OSI-approved "badgeware" license (according to my understanding of that term).
>> But I'm suspecting it wasn't;  I think there's never been a removal (just deprecation) of any license on the list, and the page on BSD doesn't show 3-clause as superseding 4-clause.
> IIRC, the 4-clause version was obsolesced by BSD before the OSI existed.

Since this is license-review, and pedantry is encouraged, the 4-clause
BSD license is only obsolete when the Copyright holder is the
Regents of the University of California. There are at least a few cases
where code is licensed under the "original" 4-clause BSD license, where
the copyright holder is not the Regents of the University of California,
and where the copyright holder has not dropped the advertising clause.


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