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

Pamela Chestek pamela.chestek at opensource.org
Tue Feb 11 14:30:10 UTC 2020


Your audience is now the Board and I will bring their attention to your
concerns at the Board meeting on Friday.


Pamela Chestek
Chair, License Review Committee
Open Source Initiative

On 2/10/2020 8:16 PM, Christopher Lemmer Webber wrote:
> Josh Berkus writes:
>> 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?
> I'm not very sure if I'm in the right place to state this, but I'd say
> "Reject" or at least "MoreDiscussionNeeded".  I believe there are very
> serious problems in the license that will (ironically, due to its name)
> prevent the ability to have safely private networks on cryptographically
> secure peer to peer networks.  I believe I can demonstrate the privacy
> risks, and spend most of tomorrow doing a detailed and longer writeup
> about my concerns.  Note that I don't think it's any malicious intention
> of the author to introduce these problems; I think Van is acting in good
> faith and interest there, but nonetheless I think the concerns exist and
> are very grave, if I understand correctly.
> If I am going to air them before the board meeting, am I doing it in the
> right place here?  If so, I will follow up on the thread here tomorrow.
>  - Chris
> PS: I'm sorry I haven't aired my very serious concerns earlier.  Van
> asked me personally to review at last year's CopyleftConf and I never
> got around to writing up my thoughts.  I regret that, and wish I had
> done so sooner... maybe I could have prevented a lot of trouble.
> Nonetheless I think it's important that I write them up now; I'm
> guessing we're in the "speak now or forever hold your peace" moment
> though, so I'm trying to articulate my concerns before it's too late.
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