Subject: RE: For Approval: Microsoft Community License
From: "Jon Rosenberg (PBM)" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:52:31 -0700

 Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:52:31 -0700
I think that Matt has the right idea.  Microsoft has a wide range of licensing programs
to serve a wide spectrum of customer, partner, and business needs.  This range includes
the MS-PL and MS-CL, which we believe are approvable as open source licenses.


-----Original Message-----
From: Matthew Flaschen []
Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 8:23 PM
To: License Discuss
Subject: Re: For Approval: Microsoft Community License

Shahnawaz Khan wrote:
> Hi Jon,
> Would Microsft now discontinue the 'Shared Source' licenses structures? or
> would they fold into these new MS-PL/MS-CL?

These /are/ part of Microsoft's "Shared Source" program, and aren't
really new.  They have been listed at
for a while (apparently at least since October 18, 2005).  My guess is
Microsoft will not stop using the other Shared Source licenses (e.g.
Microsoft Reference License and Microsoft Limited Community Licenses),
because though those licenses are certainly /not/ Open Source Microsoft
still intends to use them in some contexts.  Essentially, by submitting
these two licenses, they are asking OSI to agree that a *subset* of the
ongoing Microsoft Shared Source program is also Open Source.

Matt Flaschen