Subject: Re: Questions to OSI Board quorum
From: Chris Zumbrunn <>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 09:57:26 +0100

On Nov 14, 2005, at 8:56 PM, Russell Nelson wrote:

>> Question 2) Would a license which requires all contributions to be
>> licensed uner a BSD style license still be deemed descriminatory?
> Probably not, because anybody could then do what they wanted with them.
> The Apache license does something like this, but it's not a reciprocal
> license, requiring all modifications to be contributed.

This would not eliminate the asymmetry between the initial contribution
and any subsequent contributions. OSD#3 says that the contributors
must have the right to distribute their modifications under the same
terms as the initial contributor. An open source license can not require
subsequent contributions to be granted under terms that the original
contribution was not granted under.

Requiring all contributions to be licensed under a BSD style license
would not fix this - unless "all contributions" really means *all*
contributions, including the original one ;-)