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Re: Is an upgrade to the Open Publication License possible?



On Thu, 21 Jul 2005 08:40:43 -0400 Evan Prodromou wrote:

> I was surprised to see in this list of non-free documentation packages
> soon to be moved out of main so many works licensed under the Open
> Publication License (OPL):

Well, I was not, taking into account that even Debian website is (IIRC)
licensed under this non-free license...
I think something should be done to solve this issue too (your approach
would nuke'em all, of course, so it's worth trying)

> 
>         http://packages.debian.net/non-free-docs.html
> 
> I note that the recommended boilerplate used for the OPL is as
> follows:
> 
>         Copyright (c) <year> by <author's name or designee>. This
>         material may be distributed only subject to the terms and
>         conditions set forth in the Open Publication License, vX.Y or
>         later (the latest version is presently available at
>         http://www.opencontent.org/openpub/).
> 
> I think that documentation currently in main that uses the OPL could
> be salvaged if we can convince the controlling body for the OPL to
> upgrade to a version that's compatible with the DFSG.

Yes, this would possibly solve all the issues with this license in a
single clever move!

> I have not,
> however, examined the OPL carefully enough to determine if this is
> possible without fundamentally changing the license.

I've read it (very very quickly) and it seems to me that the OPL
resembles more to a non-copyleft license than to the GPL.
Maybe we could persuade the controlling body to state that the Expat
(a.k.a. MIT) license[1] is elected as the OPL v2.0...
That would be the best of all possible outcomes, I think...

[1] http://www.jclark.com/xml/copying.txt



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