Subject: Re: OVPL summary
From: Michael Bernstein <webmaven@cox.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 07:54:49 -0700

On Wed, 2005-09-14 at 07:53 -0400, Chuck Swiger wrote:
> Brian C wrote:
> [ ... ]
> > So perhaps the OVPL presents a more specific question to OSI: Is a
> > license that grants greater rights to an initial developer than it
> > grants to other licensees consistent with OSI's principles, in
> > particular, does it constitute "discrimination against persons or groups"?
> 
> No.  The author of the software generally has significant additional rights on 
> the original software beyond what a proposed license grants to other people, by 
> virtue of common law where that applies ("droit d'auteur"), having the right to 
> release under a different license, etc.

To my mind, there is a big difference between the ID having additional
rights to the original work, and the ID having additional rights to all
derivative works.

- Michael Bernstein