January 2020 License-Review Summary

License-Review mailing list topics for January 2020:

  • Continued discussion on the Mulan PSL V2
  • Continued discussion on the Cryptographic Autonomy License (Beta 4)
  • Resolution of the Vaccine License – Not Approved
  • Continued discussion on the BSD-1-Clause [Legacy]
  • Resolution of the CasperLabs Open Source License (COSL) – Considered Withdrawn

Continued discussion on the Mulan PSL V2

Suggested improvements to the text in the license in around grammar, clarity of intentions, and legal matters
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004593.html

Revised license submission
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004640.html

Continued discussion on the Cryptographic Autonomy License (Beta 4)

Questions on the license use, promulgation, and contributions
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004594.html

Issue regarding proprietary relicensing seemingly being the primary use case
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004595.html

Questions with regards to OSD compliance and user freedom, as well as further viewpoints and considerations with regards to data exportability 
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004631.html

Statement that it is OSD compliant and that arguments against it are too situation-specific
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004636.html

Resolution of the Vaccine License – Not Approved

Decision that the Vaccine License does not conform to the OSD, specifically OSD 5 regarding user discrimination, and does not assure user freedom. 
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004635.html

Continued discussion on the BSD-1-Clause [Legacy]

Argument that all that use the license should just be relicensed under the BSD License since multiple identical licenses hinders freedom due to their costs
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004637.html

Clarification that as a legacy submission, the submitter has no power over the license and that there are significant logistical issues with regards to push a change
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004638.html

Resolution of the CasperLabs Open Source License (COSL) – Considered Withdrawn

Decision that the license is considered withdrawn due to non-responsiveness and the criticisms that were brought up 
https://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review_lists.opensource.org/2020-January/004643.html
 

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