[License-review] For Approval: Convertible Free Software License, Version 1.3 (C-FSL v1.3)

Elmar Stellnberger estellnb at elstel.org
Fri Jan 11 13:10:41 UTC 2019

On 11.01.19 12:45, Carlo Piana wrote:
> # How the license can be changed
> There is ONLY one way to preserve this license as something that might 
> be tentatively compliant. That is, embed the CAA in the license, so that 
> any contribution to the original project is automatically under the 
> relicensing condition. BUT any changes, whether or not contributed to a 
> public forked project are not assigned, they are not under the 
> relicensing condition. And the authors of the forked project have the 
> right to claim they are original author and have the same rights if 
> their project becomes successful and attracts contributions, otherwise 
> the discrimination still stands.
> I expected something in this direction with the new license, conversely 
> I only see stubborn rewording that makes it more hard to lay persons to 
> spot how the license in practice work. This is not going to succeed, I 
> submit.

That would lead the whole clause of original authors ad absurdum. 
Someone could change a comment and claim that the he has a new fork.
And a big firm could always come its way and re-license promoting 
another name for the software. Sorry that won't work.

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