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The Open Source Initiative (OSI) shocked the world today by approving a "badgeware" style license. Members of the OSI board, speaking here at OSCON, announced that Socialtext's Common Public Attribution License (CPAL) received its blessing this morning. The license proves similar to non-OSI approved badgeware or attribution …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    " ... enterprise Wiki maker Socialtext ... "

    Sounds pretty Web 2.0 to me. Surely you mean 'badgerware'?

  2. Turbojerry


    Shirley you mean badgerbadgerbadgerware?

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  4. Daniel Ballado-Torres

    Badger Badger Badger

    Badger Badger Badger Badger

    Badger Badger Badger Badger


    Would that make OSI the snake? ;)

  5. Martin Owens

    License Cost

    I'm not sure I agree with the OSI's move here, they've created a rather neat hole for the old BSD style license to get OSI approval; even when such licenses are a known mistake because the cost too much in the end.

    I'd rather see these CRM sites use aGPL all other open source web services and technical infrastructure should be too. because otherwise they are right, the site runners have no obligation to release patches or other improvements to the code.

  6. Mark Proctor

    Counter License

    I think the only answer for this is for a new license that is ASL/BSD like, apart from when linked to badgeware where that badgeware software must also show my logo all over their pages.

    Mark Proctor

    JBoss Drools Lead

  7. Mark Proctor

    Groklaw Article Sheds more Light

    PJ's Groklaw article sheds more light on this, its not quite the victory badgeware people claimed. Its far more watered down than what these people where trying to push.


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