[License-review] request for review of the 3D Slicer License
opensource at LukasAtkinson.de
Fri May 28 13:02:18 UTC 2021
I think the Part B Downloading Agreement looks like an approvable
BSD-style Open Source license. At most, paragraph 4 could be a problem.
But the warning that the software was designed for “research purposes”
only is not a field of use restriction, and the requirement to comply
with “all applicable … laws, regulations and orders” seems tautological.
This seems more like an acceptable disclaimer.
However, I don't think the Part A Contribution Agreement should be
covered by an OSI approval decision. It's an unconstrained CLA to the
benefit of a particular party, not an Open Source license to the public.
If the Contribution Agreement were part of the license, the requirement
to de-identify data could also be a field of use restriction.
As a practical argument against approval of (parts) of the license: it
will be difficult to clearly communicate to the public which aspects of
this license were approved as Open Source and which were not. If this
isn't made extremely clear, someone will misunderstand the approval of
parts of the Slicer license to mean that such lopsided CLAs are
inherently Open Source. Thus, it may be in OSI's best interest to
decline approval for the Slicer license.
On 27/05/2021 21:11, Steve Pieper wrote:
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