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

Brendan Hickey brendan.m.hickey at gmail.com
Wed Dec 11 00:17:31 UTC 2019

On Tue, Dec 10, 2019, 9:09 AM Ashok Ranadive <ashok at casperlabs.io> wrote:

> For-Profit Fork Airdrop: Where code in a Fork is to be used to deploy a
> new independent blockchain with a cryptocurrency, native token or other
> native quantum of value that party is to notify the COSLv1.0 Licensor with
> an offer to compensate development efforts of the Community with an Airdrop
> of cryptocurrency supported by a distributed ledger deployment from the
> Fork. The COSLv1.0 Licensor in consultation with the Community, has sixty
> (60) calendar days to accept or reject the offer.

My offer is 0 dogecoins. Reject it at your peril. I don't think this
language works. Besides, demanding a fork pay you in Libertarian pogs is
still demanding payment.

Backpropagation of Changes: The COSLv1.0 Licensor in consultation with the
> Community may select features and code from the Fork code for addition to
> the Subject Matter Code at any time without penalty, fee, or other
> remuneration.

This privileges one set of contributors over another and empowers them to
expropriate the work of others. This is inappropriate for a free or open

This license should be rejected for these reasons and numerous others
raised in the thread.


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