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By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-04-11 Print this article Print

The CDDL model has two problems. The first is that its incompatible with the GPL. The second is that it puts IP control under the company— in the CDDLs case, the company is Sun. The OSI has explicitly stating that one of its new policy goals "will be to promote unrestricted reusability of code." Its not just me who sees a head-on collision coming between the OSI and the CDDL, and therefore the CA Template License model.
"The changes that the OSI suggests would potentially invalidate its earlier approval of Suns CDDL," said Stacey Quandt, senior business analyst for the Robert Frances Group.
"This is because the potential reusability clause would make it possible to revoke OSI approval for the CDDL, since it does not provide all of the freedoms comparable to the GPL, and explicitly prohibits CDDL code from being combined with files licensed under the GPL." Or, if not that, "even if the OSI does not revoke approval for the CDDL as an open-source license it could conceivably classify it as deprecated," said Quandt. Shes not the only person with concerns. Dan Ravicher, legal director of the Software Freedom Law Center, thinks that there are "too many different categories of free software that cant be used with one another, which is entirely contrary to the whole purpose behind free software—namely, facilitating collaborative software development by society." Specifically, Ravicher mistrusts "companies releasing software open source with an idiosyncratically drafted license that limits the public to only developing the software in a way that benefits that company," calling it "a perversion of the principle." I have a bad, bad feeling that thats what CA is up to. Dont buy that? Greenblatt said that if the Template License becomes pervasive, the OSI will be "taken out of the licensing business." As for the GPL, Greenblatt claims that the industry cant wait another two years for that license to be finished, which is being rewritten. The open-source licenses battle lines being drawn. On one side are companies like CA and Sun, which want open-source licenses that give the companies ultimate control over "open" control. On the other side are the true open-source supporters who believe that open source works best by sharing code in the widest, most even-handed way. The battle is about to begin. I think its time we stop, children, whats that sound
Every body look whats going down.—Stephen Stills Senior Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been working and writing about technology and business since the late 80s and thinks he may just have learned something about them along the way.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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