[License-review] Request for Approval of 'CasperLabs Open Source License (COSL)

Kevin P. Fleming kevin+osi at km6g.us
Wed Dec 11 00:07:54 UTC 2019

On Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 6:16 PM McCoy Smith <mccoy at lexpan.law> wrote:
> This license seems to violate several of elements of the OSD:
> Section 5: "All contributions to Novel Code will be under this COSLv1.0 and are *subject to the contributor executing a relicensing consent ("Relicensing Consent")* which provides that contributor's agreement to allow their contributions to be subject to updates to this COSLv1.0 or relicensing in the future, provided that the updated COSLv1.0 or new license is an open source license  and is consistent with the present COSLv1.0 license including the copyleft provisions in section 9.”
> OSD 7. Distribution of License
> The rights attached to the program must apply to all to whom the program is redistributed *without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.*

This stipulation in the proposed license is not about rights, it is
about requirements for the acceptance of contributions to the
software. Anyone would be free to publish their modifications as they
wish (presumably under the COSL v1.0) without executing a 'relicensing
consent' agreement, so I don't believe this stipulation is an OSD
concern. If it was, every project which currently requires a CLA to be
executed by contributors would also be in violation of the OSD.

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