[License-review] Approval Request - ViraTrace Public Source License 1.0

Josh Berkus josh at berkus.org
Thu Dec 10 18:36:28 UTC 2020

On 12/9/20 6:53 PM, Wayne Thornton wrote:
> First, regarding rationale: Our company is in the business of creating
> frameworks and software products which facilitate automated contact
> tracing initiatives across the globe. These frameworks and products must
> be GDPR- and HIPPA-compliant and have been designed to be such, with
> strict, ongoing legal review processes undertaken to ensure this. The
> frameworks and products that we create are designed to be utilized by
> governmental agencies and private corporations in the creation of
> applications and platforms which aid in the fight against COVID-19 and
> future pandemic scenarios. In order for this to be of benefit, the
> frameworks and software we develop must be open source, so that the
> governmental agencies and private corporations can be free to utilize
> them. Unfortunately, due to the legal compliance issues vis-a-vis GDPR
> and HIPPA, a level of control regarding development must be maintained.
> It is our position that the GNU and other OSI-approved licenses do not
> provide this level of control. 

I'm curious: did you consider, and reject, the CAL for this purpose?  If
you did, why was the CAL inadequate?

I'm asking because the purpose you give above is exactly the sort of
thing for which we passed the CAL (at least, it was my motivation).

Josh Berkus

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