[License-review] Approval request for ZENTAO PUBLIC LICENSE

Josh berkus josh at postgresql.org
Thu Jun 23 18:15:52 UTC 2016

On 06/23/2016 11:06 AM, Tom Callaway wrote:
> 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  It seems that 3-clause came about (and 4-clause "rescinded") around the time that OSI was created.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.

Maybe we should vote on 4-clause as a legacy license, then ...

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