[License-review] Approval: Server Side Public License, Version 2 (SSPL v2)

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Tue Jan 29 00:05:12 UTC 2019

On Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 4:30 PM Eliot Horowitz via License-review <
license-review at lists.opensource.org> wrote:

Many people have speculated that we changed our license to drive commercial
> license sales. However, our business is focused on selling our hosted cloud
> offering, MongoDB Atlas, and subscription packages that include proprietary
> software that supports the use of our database, such as MongoDB Ops
> Manager. We do not view commercial licensing of the core MongoDB database
> server alone to be a primary business driver, nor are we trying to make it
> one via this license.

If that is the case, then ...

> As I’ve written before, the aim of the SSPL is to provide a copyleft
> license that incentivizes and protects innovative open source software from
> the threat of ‘SaaS-capture’ by large cloud vendors.

... why do you care whether I run MongoDB on my own servers, install it and
run it myself on AWS/Google/Azure, or pay one of those services to run it
for me?  What is so threatening about the third course of conduct compared
to the other two?  It doesn't seem to me to make business sense.

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
SAXParserFactory [is] a hideous, evil monstrosity of a class that should
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buried in unconsecrated ground, dug up, cremated, and the ashes tossed
in the Tiber while the complete cast of Wicked sings "Ding dong, the
witch is dead."  --Elliotte Rusty Harold on xml-dev
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