Quorum reached and meeting called to order 08:05 am PST.
Expected, but Not Present
Ms. Cooper moves that we vote to approve March 4, 2009 minutes as edited for public posting. Mr. Tiemann seconds. Passed unanimously.
Software patents have reasserted themselves as a key policy question for the OSI and again as a potentially significant threat to open source software. Lots of discussions are taking place in many corners of the business community and blogosphere about how to interpret and how the OSI should respond to software patent litigation and licensing actions. The board discussed, and will continue to discuss how the OSI should engage organizations who, on the one hand, demand to be considered members of the open source community while, on the other hand, take positive action to disrupt the very concept of open source with their legal positions and behavior.
Thanks to Alolita Sharma, the OSI has nearly caught up with its large administrative backlog, posting all of the minutes from last year's meeting and getting a start at posting the minutes from this year's meetings. Thanks, Alolita!
The approval of the EUPL has been well-received. License proliferation notwithstanding, not every new license we approve is a step backward! On the less happy side, the license approval list was subject to some fairly significant troll behavior last month, some of it supplied by the OSI. As a result, we did not focus as much attention on more polite parties seeking our input/approval. I think we should be more confident in telling people "come back when you have a community of support". Clearly the EUPL was an example of a license that did have a strong community of support--the European Community.
General Counsel Report: Update of editing Fedora Trademark Guidelines into OSI Trademark Guidelines will be completed this week. TomTom Lawsuit update and discussion of implications of requirement to remove FAT/LNR code. Mr. Oliver mentioned a strategy to migrate all FAT to a new standard.
Secretary's Report: Ms. Cooper nominated Ms. Sharma for the office of Secretary in the coming year, in deference to her excellent secretarial support in the past few months. Initial filing of documents to support non-profit status completed and Secretary of State has requested additional documentation. Deadline for final filing is April 20th.
FOSDEM Face to Face meeting minutes: Editing of notes will be completed by end of week.
Treasurer's Report: Ms. Cooper reports that we have received pledge of renewal funding. Ms. Cooper notes that without additional funding we will be asking Board members to find their own funding for travel.
Title: SIL Open Font License 1.1
Comments: Bruce Perens doesn't think it will be successful, but we've never used likelihood of achieving the author's goals as a criteria for license approval. Matt Flaschen believes it complies with the OSD. The chief concern is that you can't sell the fonts as fonts -- you can only redistribute them as data included with a program. Seems like a restriction, but that's what we've had on the Bitstream fonts for three or four years now and nobody seems to complain about them.
Title: Transitive Grace Period Public Licence, v1.0 (TGPPL)
License: In the submission
Comments: Discussion has died down, but it's still not clear that the license will not have negative pernicious effects. The OSI should ask Zooko to come back to us when he can show us the salacious effects he predicts the license will convey. Recommend: Deferral for at least a year
Title: caGrid Open Source License
Comments: Still no discussion
Mr. Tiemann calls the vote on Mr. Nelson's report as written. Passed unanimously. Mr. Tiemann requests that Mr. Nelson update the license list immediately. Mr. Tiemann will also blog about why font licenses are different. Ms. Cooper reported on conversation she had with Mr. Tom Igoe, co-inventor of Arduino about Open Hardware licensing (at request of Mr. Tim O'Reilly).
Deferred to next meeting.
Meeting Adjourned 10:20 PDT.