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From "Ross Gardler" <r...@gardler.org>
Subject RE: Non OSI approved licenses
Date Wed, 03 May 2017 00:28:28 GMT
After reviewing the thread I want to bring Ted's very practical proposal
back to the fore (top posting to Roy's email because a) it's the most recent
as I type, b) I agree with Roy's post and c) Ted's proposal seems the most
pragmatic solution...

Ted said...

> Highlighting surprises for our downstream consumers sounds like a 
> great idea.

-----Original Message-----
From: Roy T. Fielding [mailto:fielding@gbiv.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 2:16 PM
To: legal-discuss@apache.org
Subject: Re: Non OSI approved licenses

Just to clarify, I don't have a problem with Apache forbidding a license
that OSI has actually reviewed and evaluated as "not open source" (as
defined by the OSD), assuming that still matches our definition of open
source.  I have a problem with defining OSI as the license arbiter for
Apache, particularly for licenses that OSI have chosen not to approve for
many reasons unrelated to the OSD, including guidance from their primary
sponsors for avoiding "license proliferation" and a general, persistent
desire to make it easier to absorb smaller projects into larger works under
the GPL.

OSI was created for the sake of commercial redistributions of free and open
source software. That's what the OSD is really all about:
making it possible for Debian, Slack, SuSE, RedHat, and others to compile a
royalty-free software distribution, perhaps charging money for the
convenience, without running afoul of the usual copyright concerns and
without invoking the negative "marketing power" of the FSF and RMS.

OSI is not, and never has been, a promoter of open development for the
communities who actually do that development, even though some of their
board members (like Jim) are chosen because of their strong involvement in
and around those communities.  We are the experts on (at least) one right
way to build open source.

....Roy


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