Subject: License Committee Report for May 2004
From: Russell Nelson <nelson@crynwr.com>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2005 14:58:23 -0400

I'm the chair of the license approval committee.  This is my report
for the current set of licenses under discussion.  If anybody
disagrees with my assessment of the committee's conclusions, say so
promptly.

The first order of business for the committee is to accept nominations
(self nominations encouraged) for committee membership.  A requirement
for committee membership is a thumbs up / thumbs down on every license
submission.  I recognize that some people already do this.  Such
people would make good nominees.  On to the licenses....

Title: Fair License
Submission: http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3:msp:9784:hhkgifnkgiiejnigaakm
License: in the submission
Comments: administrivial change (removal of URL).
Recommend: approval

Title: oxGLODE
Submission: http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3:mss:9769:200503:mobnofemphjfnplghkjm
License: there is no license submitted
Comments: Ernie pointed out that he needs to submit a license
    http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3:msp:9771:mobnofemphjfnplghkjm
Recommend: rejection

The ACE License is a hard case because on the face of it, the license
intends to be open source.  And yet it's duplicative and not clearly
written, and even a lawyer says that it doesn't say what it means.  On
the other hand, the submittor is not the licensor, so getting the
license changed may start at impossible and get harder from there.

Title: ACE License
Submission: http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3:mss:9551:200502:oaoffccikahegfoebbbi
License: in the submission
Comments: Rod Dixon recommends rejection:
    http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3:mss:9557:200502:oaoffccikahegfoebbbi
    because any licensee can distribute the original under a
    proprietary license.  The submittor, Ken Sedgwick, has not replied
    to dispute this recommendation.
Recommend: rejection

Australia needs different warranty disclaimer wording.  This is a huge
nasty ball of wax.  How many different warranty disclaimers are there
in different countries??

Title: OZPLB Licence
ReSubmission: http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3:mss:9498:200502:ibddhmkdckpieiodmcjd
Submission: http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3:mss:8849:200410:jneejnfcgpacdjcfbokf
License: In the submission, as proposed.  Existing license is http://nicta.com.au/ozplb_licence.cfm
Comments: no comments on the resubmission.  They addressed the
    concerns expressed in the previous submission.
Recommend: approval

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