Subject: Re: Submitting a new license or using the current ones
From: Alex Rousskov <>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 13:39:50 -0600 (MDT)

On Thu, 6 May 2004, Chuck Swiger wrote:

> Others who have suggested that the list of approved licenses is
> going to continue to grow are very likely right, but is that a
> problem?

Sure it is. Software writers spend more time selecting among mostly
identical licenses and software users spend more time investigating
what a given software license really means. The only question is
whether this problem can be solved without creating bigger problems.

> If so, efforts to create license templates with a range of choices
> which result in OSI Open Source-compatible terms, such as the
> Creative Commons licenses, seem to be a good idea.  A similar effort
> could be made to coalesce BSD-like licenses, GPL-derived licenses,
> and perhaps others (the MPL?).

Is there any active cooperation between OSI leaders and CC leaders to
build a common interface to "good" software licenses? Or are we going
to see yet another fragmentation here?

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