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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: Clarification of Public Documentation License 1.0
Date Sat, 13 Apr 2013 00:27:31 GMT
[Off-topic]

Apart from particular interest that diro@ has stated, I find there to be something odd about
the use of PDL on www.openoffice.org artifacts.  I have not seen one of those attached PDL
licenses that anyone bothered to fill out.  That is, the blanks are not filled in and there
is no way to ascertain who the granters of any of those licenses happen to be.  That makes
it rather difficult to comply with some of their provisions [;<).

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Weir [mailto:robweir@apache.org] 
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 11:27
To: users@openoffice.apache.org
Subject: Re: Clarification of Public Documentation License 1.0

On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM, <diro@nixsyspaus.org> wrote:

> Greetings,
>
> Could someone of proper standing submit the PDL:
>
> http://www.openoffice.org/licenses/PDL.html
>
> to the OSI:
>
> http://opensource.org/approval
>
> for review and clarification of this license?
>
>
1. It is a documentation license, not a source code license, so I don't see
this as being relevant to the OSI.  For example, I don't believe OSI has
reviewed/approved the Creative Commons licenses or the GNU Free
Documentation License either.

2.  The PDL was originally from Sun Microsystems.  They don't exist
anymore, and we're not using that license in the Apache OpenOffice project
for any new work.  Everything will be Apache License 2.0, code and
documentation, in the future.

So I don't think anyone has the standing or interest to take this to the
OSI, and I'm not sure the OSI even wants to deal with documentation
licenses.

Is there any other way we can help you?

Regards,

-Rob



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