[License-review] For approval: The Cryptographic Autonomy License (Beta 4)

Richard Fontana rfontana at redhat.com
Fri Feb 7 17:00:06 UTC 2020

On Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM Josh Berkus <josh at berkus.org> wrote:

> On 1/7/20 11:00 AM, Pamela Chestek wrote:
> > The discussion is still active so it will not be considered at the next
> > Board meeting, which is this Friday. The soonest would be the February
> > Board meeting.
> So, it's been a month since there's been any discussion about the CAL.
> Pamela, can we take a poll of how people feel about the license?
> Pass/Reject/MoreDiscussionNeeded?

Having reviewed the latest draft, "Pass" from me. I have lingering concerns
over this license, and the potential for abuse by Holochain or other
unknown licensors, based partly on the earlier drafting history, some of
Van's earlier comments on those drafts, and general suspicion of new
copyleft licenses advanced specifically by narrow commercial interests.
However I don't think those concerns are sufficiently grounded in the
current license text such that I would recommend rejection or more
protracted discussion. If this license is approved, I would not recommend
that anyone use it. But on its face, the license, including the core
interesting User Data requirement feature, seem to me consistent with the
spirit of the OSD and software freedom.

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