Greenblatt said there are a couple of existing licensing models under consideration for the Template License, including Sun Microsystems Inc.s Common Development and Distribution License, which Sun created for the OpenSolaris project, as well as CAs Trusted Open Source License. The license will be written by lawyers and cost $100,000 to $250,000 to draft. That money will come from the companies in the community. The license is expected to be complete by years end.Earlier this year, CA CEO John Swainson made a push for open-source platform development. Click here to read more. Such a license may simplify things moving forward, but it will not apply to software now licensed under the many existing open-source licenses, since the owners of the affected intellectual property would have to back relicensing. If the Template License becomes pervasive, vendors could use it to license new products. "This way, the OSI is taken out of the licensing business, and we will prune the number of existing licenses," Greenblatt said. Asked what effect a Template License would have on the GNU GPL (General Public License), under which the Linux kernel is licensed, Greenblatt said the industry could not wait for another two years for that license, which is being rewritten. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
CA said its willing to give up its Trusted Open Source License and adopt this internationalized, common license if its accepted.