Cutting back license proliferation
Posted Feb 25, 2005 11:31 UTC (Fri) by mbp
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I very much hope Russ can do something about the problem of licence proliferation, and I wish him all the best.
That said, OSI does not have any divine right to define what is or is not acceptable. Like everyone else in the community, they need to earn respect by doing good work. In other words, they need to present cogent arguments and lead opinion (along the lines of EFF), rather than pretend to speak for everyone, as they have perhaps done in the past.
I know some large companies have made exactly that 'first class' distinction already around GPL, LGPL and MIT. One great thing for OSI to do (after appropriate consideration) would be an argument explaining why this, or something like it, is a good approach.
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