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

Ben Cotton bcotton at funnelfiasco.com
Wed Feb 12 20:18:00 UTC 2020

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at  5:04 PM VanL <van.lindberg at gmail.com> wrote:

> As I have stated a number of times, my client's long-term business model is
> to provide business-fulfillment services on top of a free software platform
> - think "Stripe," or "Fulfillment by Amazon," but for digital goods in a
> distributed network. My client believes that a strong copyleft license,
> including the provisions for protection of users, is a necessary step for
> many people to feel trust in a distributed and decentralized
> compute/storage/services system. Thus Holo is putting user freedoms first,
> accepting the same restrictions that would apply to other operators, ahead
> of its own short-term ability to commercially license Holochain.

I apologize if I've missed this in previous discussion, but wouldn't
it make sense to bake that protection into the license, similar to
what copyleft-next does:

You've acted in good faith throughout the process so I have no reason
to doubt about your client's intentions. But if other people will use
the license, I think it is reasonable to enshrine that value into the
license itself. This protects the users from less benevolent actors
(including a future iteration of your client that has been acquired by
Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, for example).

Ben Cotton

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