Re: debian-legal review of licenses
Daniel Quinlan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Better assurance that Debian will find a license acceptable when applied
>to software and a coordinated way for Debian to provide feedback on
>licenses under development means that Debian can have a greater impact
>on licenses under development and much less confusing and delayed
If you send a new proposed license to debian-legal with a request that it be
reviewed, and an email address to send comments to, you will get three or
four debian-legal regulars responding with comments with days, and more if
you wait longer. This happened with the proposed revision of the Apache
license. Most of us are pretty good at specifying exactly what problems we
see (if any) and even at proposing solutions.
If different people on the list disagree about whether something is a
DFSG-freeness issue, then it does get a little hairy, admittedly, but if you
go with the hardline nitpickers, you'll be safe. (When a nitpicker is wrong,
usually another nitpicker will correct and convince him.) :-)
I guess the process is not very coordinated, but then most of Debian isn't
very coordinated. It is pretty efficient, though (lately, anyway -- I can't
speak for more than a year ago).
>Maybe the place to start is just coordinated feedback in a timely and
Perhaps if you could identify more *specific* issues with debian-legal review
of new licenses, it would be easier to solve them?
Perhaps some more-easily-found pointers to the various DFSG FAQs made during
the GFDL flamewars might help upstream license developers -- they provide
insight into the Debian interpretation of the DFSG.