[OpenLayers-Dev] MOTION: simplified license

Schuyler Erle schuyler at nocat.net
Tue May 10 14:28:26 EDT 2011

I am +100 on this. :) Do the CLAs permit us to simply relicense by consensus of the steering committee?


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-----Original Message-----
From: <christopher.schmidt at nokia.com>
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Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 17:25:47 
To: <eric.lemoine at camptocamp.com>
Cc: <dev at openlayers.org>
Subject: Re: [OpenLayers-Dev] MOTION: simplified license

On May 10, 2011, at 12:16 PM, ext Eric Lemoine wrote:

> On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Tim Schaub <tschaub at opengeo.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM, Eric Lemoine
>> <eric.lemoine at camptocamp.com> wrote:
>>> On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Tim Schaub <tschaub at opengeo.org> wrote:
>>>> Hey-
>>>> We've had discussions previously about adopting a license that has
>>>> more widespread use than our modified BSD license.  The motivation for
>>>> making a change is increase the likelihood that others can use
>>>> OpenLayers without having to direct specific licensing questions to a
>>>> very small pool of people (perhaps a pool of one).
>>>> The 2-clause BSD, referred to as "Simplified BSD License" or "FreeBSD
>>>> License" looks good to me
>>>> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD_licenses#2-clause).
>>>> This license differs from our current license
>>>> (http://svn.openlayers.org/trunk/openlayers/license.txt) in a number
>>>> of ways:
>>>> 1) The 2-clause license omits the non-endorsement clause.  Our current
>>>> license says that nobody can use the OpenLayers name to endorse
>>>> products that use OpenLayers without specific written permission.  To
>>>> my knowledge, we have given specific written permission once.  There
>>>> are enough other uses of the OpenLayers name in promoting software
>>>> that uses OpenLayers that I think we are not going to enforce this
>>>> non-endorsement clause.
>>>> 2) The 2-clause license doesn't contain any language about patent
>>>> rights.  Our current language about patent rights is not included in
>>>> other common forms of the BSD (OpenLayers and FeatureServer are the
>>>> two uses I could quickly find).  Removing this specific language would
>>>> align our license with licenses used by many other projects - reducing
>>>> the chance of licensing questions that are specific to our project.
>>>> I'm open to hearing proposals to use another license.
>>>> I'm +1 on changing to the 2-clause BSD.
>>> Tim, I'm just concerned about this regarding the 2-clause BSD:
>>> "The Free Software Foundation, which refers to the license as the
>>> FreeBSD License, states that it is compatible with the GNU GPL."
>>> (extracted from the wikipedia page)
>> Please elaborate on this.  It says the FSF thinks the 2-clause BSD is
>> compatible with the GPL.  I don't see a negative there.
> Sorry Tim. I was confused. +1 from me.


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