Bruce Perens quits Open Source Initiative amid row over new data-sharing crypto license

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Bruce Perens quits Open Source Initiative amid row over new data-sharing crypto license

Post by DistroTube » Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:02 pm

Last year, lawyer Van Lindberg drafted a software license called the Cryptographic Autonomy License (CAL) on behalf of distributed development platform Holo – and submitted it to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) for approval as an Open Source Definition-compliant (OSD) license.

The debate over whether or not to approve the license, now in its fourth draft, has proven contentious enough to prompt OSI co-founder Bruce Perens to resign from the organization, for a second time, based on concern that OSI members have already made up their minds.

"Well, it seems to me that the organization is rather enthusiastically headed toward accepting a license that isn't freedom respecting," Perens wrote in a missive to the OSI's license review mailing list on Thursday. "Fine, do it without me, please."

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For those that are not familiar with Bruce Perens, he is one of the original leaders of the Open Source movement. He created the Open Source Definition (OSD) and founded the Open Source Initiative (OSI) with Eric S. Raymond. Perens quit because he contends that the CAL is restrictive: " "The reason it does is if you are operating software under the CAL and you have users, you have the responsibility to convey the user's data back to them under certain conditions." Perens claims that the license could only be use by those with a team of lawyers at their disposal. One of the goals of Open Source has always been that you can use it without needing to hire legal advise, or even if you have never read the license.

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