Re: Using the Debian open use logo to distinguish DFSG-compatible licenses
Wouter Verhelst wrote:
I think it'd be nice if we could put together some sort of official
authoritative statements about licenses, although I don't think that's
something that's going to happen any time soon.
So: if there's a public statement by Debian or debian-legal on a
license (like http://people.debian.org/~evan/ccsummary is now), would
it be misleading for an organization to point to that statement?
Especially if it was clear that the review and approval was not an
endorsement of the organization or their goals?
If there were an authoritative statement about any license, I don't see
why that would be wrong.
However, one thing that Debian is not good at, is providing
authoritative statements about licenses. It would be great if you could
find a way to change that somehow, but otherwise..
What might be a second-best approximation is a pragmatic, descriptive
approach. That is, if there's an unofficial statement, plus the
existence proof of works under the license being in Debian, it would
probably not be unreasonable for a third party to say, "Works available
under this license are suitable for inclusion in Debian."