[License-review] License Committee Report

Richard Fontana richard.fontana at opensource.org
Fri Jan 18 05:37:02 UTC 2019

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 12:12 AM Richard Fontana
<richard.fontana at opensource.org> wrote:
> Server Side Public License, Version 2
> Submission date: 2018-11-21 [6].
> Looking at the proposed process, SSPLv2 is “a revised version of a
> license that was previously submitted for review”, so a decision was
> due on or about 2018-12-21. I think therefore a decision on SSPLv2
> ought to be made at the next OSI board meeting (which is my today or
> tomorrow, 2019-01-10), which should be to have 30 more days of
> discussion, which would then mean another decision is due on or about
> 2019-01-21. Perhaps what we should aim for is a recommendation from
> the License Committee Chair (currently me) on that date for a decision
> to be made by the OSI at its next board meeting. (OSI board meetings
> are typically held monthly.)
> Recommendation: Defer (retroactively) for another 30-day discussion
> cycle (from 2018-12-21), since community discussion of conformance of
> the license to the OSD remains active.

The issue of how (if at all) to apply the newly-adopted license
decision process to SSPLv2 was discussed at the recent OSI board
meeting. The general view was that we should have the OSI reach one of
the possible decisions outlined in the process 30 days from
announcement of the adoption of the process (i.e., now), or at any
rate by the next OSI board meeting following that date. So that
decision date will be on or about 2019-02-18.

> Convertible Free Software License, Version 1.3
> Version (1.1) of this license was previously submitted [7]. The OSI
> decided to withhold approval of the license, pending submission of a
> redrafted version. The new version, 1.3, was submitted on
> 2019-01-08. [8]
> Recommendation: No action at this time. Under the proposed license
> review process, a decision is due on or about 2019-02-08.

Here too I think the decision date should be on or about 2019-02-18.


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