[Board] Asking permission for re-licensing from LGPL to Apache

Martin Desruisseaux martin.desruisseaux at geomatys.fr
Fri Jul 27 09:46:05 PDT 2012


My previous email was a question to the OSGeo board about the 
interpretation of a particular paragraph of the copyright agreement, as 
pointed by Frank. We understand that GeoTools has its own schedule, 
consequently we didn't asked any decision about the 5% of "core" code 
that we didn't wrote. Please take all the time you need for this 
particular topic.

We are trying to get a formal OSGeo statement about the contributors 
ability to re-license their own code, with all other contributions 
removed. That the GeoTools PMC wants to check technical facts (code 
history or the like) is a valuable task, but I don't see it as a 
necessary task for the above-cited general question.

Our projects also have their own fishes to fry. In order to allow anyone 
to go forward, please let try to get a formal position on a topic that 
shouldn't be contentious: which rights OSGeo contributors do have 
regarding their own work? I think we can let the GeoTools PMC decision 
about the rest of the code has a separated topic.


Le 27/07/12 16:33, Jody Garnett a écrit :
> Martin the geotools meeting did not result in a vote; or any course of 
> action.
> We have a decision making process to follow, which starts with 
> assembling enough information to know what we are talking about.
> I am afraid I was otherwise booked with the OSGeo incubation meeting 
> and could not attend the geotools meeting myself.
> OSGeo hold on to copyright for a project and the PMC run the project 
> on its behalf. We try to run the project in a responsible manner, 
> occasionally going slow with procedures and meetings etc... Please be 
> patient as we have bigger fish to fry right now with our release this 
> weekend.
> -- 
> Jody Garnett

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