Opened 8 years ago

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Need to find a working and good license for Standards

Reported by: ph3-der-loewe Owned by:
Priority: blocker Milestone: CAPS support
Component: Standards Version:
Keywords: license Cc: shogsbro, ph3-der-loewe, themaister, the-me, AniX72
Architecture: Compiler:
Difficulty: hard Kernel:
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Patch attached: no Protocol:
Sound driver: Topic: Legal

Description

We need to find a working and good license for the standard.

The license needs to have those key features:

  • It must allow copies, both commercial and non-commercial
  • It must allow people to implement the described protocol, process, implementation, work(flow), data, ... freely. Both for commercial and non-commercial implementations.
  • It must allow changes and publishing changes (but see bellow!)
  • It must match common requirements like Debian's DFSG and OSI requirements so it can be freely distributed
  • It must require to list authors
  • It must not require the license to be inlined into the document itself.
  • It must require changed versions to not claim to be the original: The Vendor ID MUST NOT be used by someone else than the person or company it was assigned to. If the vendor itself publishes a updated version the version number MUST be changed.
  • It must require that all depends of the document needed to be implemented or used MUST NOT be of stricter restriction.

There should be a flavor which allows depends on stricter restricted standards.

Maybe there are some points I forgot, please comment!

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comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by ph3-der-loewe

  • Priority changed from medium to blocker

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by the-me

LGPL-2+ may be the best license for it, but you have got some extra requirements, which are non-free in Debian and some more distributions:

# It must require changed versions to not claim to be the original: The Vendor ID MUST NOT be used by someone else than the person or company it was assigned to. If the vendor itself publishes a updated version the version number MUST be changed.

That is nearly the same as Mozilla has done, what was the reason why it gets non-free and so we forked the mozilla applications.

# It must require that all depends of the document needed to be implemented or used MUST NOT be of stricter restriction.

Could you give an example?

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by ph3-der-loewe

  • Difficulty set to hard
  • Topic set to Legal
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