Brian Foster <blf at utvinternet.ie> writes:
> I've no idea what this is about (i.e., why they
> are proposing/discussing any such thing).
> whatever, this may be interest to some ....
A discussion on the fsfe-uk list may have uncovered the reasons:
According to BCS "under English law the GPL as written provides no right to
run the software", which is a strange interpretation of the relevent part of
the GPL, which says "The act of running the Program is not restricted".
And the suggested benefits of this new licence are:
"The BCS stands to benefit from the BSL in a number of ways.
* There is the reward for leading the way on Open Source
* The BSL license process will generate a revenue to help pay
for the maintenance of databases. Charges can be discounted for
BCS members, thereby encouraging membership.
* The licence and code databases represent an exploitable asset
for the BCS."
That said, I know guys in the BCS OSSG that are fairly clued in about free
software, so I guess this just hasn't been discussed seriously or widely
enough internally yet.
After eighteen months of working on GPLv3, I can tell them that licence
drafting processes do not generate revenue.
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