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Re: NEW ocaml licence proposal by upstream, will be part of the 3.08.1 release going into sarge.

Edmund GRIMLEY EVANS <edmundo@rano.org> wrote:
> Walter Landry <wlandry@ucsd.edu>:
> > > The problems concerning QPL 3 remain,
> > 
> > Not so great.
> > 
> > > but consensus about it has been much more dubious,
> > 
> > I haven't seen anyone seriously dispute my analysis in
> > 
> >   http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/07/msg01705.html
> I'm not convinced that QPL 3 makes it non-free. Of course I don't like
> QPL 3, so don't expect me to spend much time arguing for it, but I
> have mentioned it a few times. For example:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/07/msg01315.html
> I don't see a clear qualitative distinction between the licensing
> required by QPL 3 and the licensing required by the GPL, for example,
> that makes one a "fee" but not the other.

I would argue that the fee required by the GPL has been grandfathered
in by DFSG #10.  That is why so many people argue about whether the
GPL is really free.  The fee required by QPL 3b is a whole different
animal.  It is a much more generous grant that only goes to the
original developer.  That sort of far reaching fee has no precedent in

Walter Landry

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