[OpenLayers-Dev] RFC: Changing the License on OpenLayers

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Oct 10 15:08:47 EDT 2007

My concerns are already noted, but I don't want to see graduation 
blocked by the separate, long winded process you are likely to have on 
your hands getting acceptance of the Clear BSD license.

Schuyler Erle wrote:
> * On  9-Oct-2007 at 10:53PM PDT, Cameron Shorter said:
>> +0
>> (changed to +1 if +0 is considered blocking)
>> As noted on PSC email lists, I don't like the proliferation of Open 
>> Source licenses. I understand Metacarta's concerns regarding the 
>> ambiguity of the BSD license and think they are valid.
>> I'm encouraged by Metacarta's intent to propose the "Clear BSD" be 
>> incorporated into the next version of the BSD. However I'm concerned by 
>> the delay engaging the BSD community, and it seems no resources are 
>> allocated to the task.
> I think we agreed by consensus that a +0 would block a license change.
> Our informal understanding with Howard and Frank is that the Clear
> BSD, as Chris indicated, is sufficiently similar to existing BSD
> licenses that, given the existing precedent with GDAL, the OSGeo
> Incubation Committee and Board of Directors are likely to accept it as
> falling well within the spirit of other OSGeo-approved licenses.
> It's very important that we have a strong consensus within the PSC
> before moving forward. Cameron, can we get either a +1 from you, or a
> more detailed explanation of your concerns so that we can ensure that
> they get addressed?
> SDE 

Cameron Shorter
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