[jdev] Re: JOSL 1.1?

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Wed Jun 30 10:30:03 CDT 2004

On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 01:48:57 -0700, Rachel Blackman wrote:

>>> If they are,
>>> it's potentially worth using a less restrictive license than the GPL,
>>> because it evidently helps spur commercial adoption and embracing of
>>> Jabber technologies.
>> On the other hand we could use the BSD licence, the Mozilla licence or
>> something like that as well for this purpose.
> Yep.  Nor am I even saying the GPL might not be appropriate for these
> things.  Just suggesting that the reason for the JOSL as opposed to saying
> 'we might as well put all JSF software under GPL' might be that the GPL
> can be restrictive, and sometimes you want to do things like seed the
> server market as part of the evil plan to take over the IM world,
> bwahahaha.... or whatever. :)

Indeed. ;-)

It seems there are two issues here:

1. Code ownership / stewardship

2. Code licensing / terms of use

I really meant to raise issue #1. Is there a legitimate role for the JSF
as a trusted third party for open-source code developed in the Jabber
community? It seems to me that the JSF could do this no matter what the
code license (terms of use) is.

A subsidiary issue is whether we might want to develop JOSL 1.1 as one
license that would enable the JSF to function as what Larry Lessig calls
an "intellectual property conservancy".


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