[erlang-questions] License change

Paul Davis paul.joseph.davis@REDACTED
Sun Jun 22 23:59:55 CEST 2014

On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM, Duncan McGreggor <duncan@REDACTED> wrote:
> Changing licenses for open source projects is an incredibly cumbersome
> process -- it takes a great deal of time. The kicker is, that to accord by
> most open source licenses, one must contact every contributor who has ever
> had patches committed. One is legally bound to be able to produce evidence
> that all reasonable means were attempted to contact everyone, in the event
> that some don't respond. (This is one of the reasons that some open source
> projects opt to put copyright in the care of foundations or supporting
> companies, so that changes need only be agreed upon by a smaller/governing
> group and not everyone in the history of the project.)
> An update was given at the EUC that a successful "trial run" was done a few
> months back, where many folks were contacted to see if there were any
> objections to a license change. No serious objections (if any) were
> mentioned at the conference, and it sounded like they were going to start
> working on the "real thing" soon (or already had?). Again, this will take
> time because *everyone* has to respond (and extensive documentation of the
> process has to take place in the event that not everyone does).
> I'm sure members of the OTP Team have more (and more accurate!) details ...
> OTP Team: I forget which license has been agreed upon. Was it Apache 2.0?

Yep, they said ASL 2.0 at EUC 2014.

> Hope this puts you at ease :-)
> d
> P.S. In general, it's probably a good idea to find out what is involved in a
> given process before intimating that those involved in it might be lying ;-)
> One might also get more/better responses from others ...
> On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 1:49 AM, <musicdenotation@REDACTED> wrote:
>> In December 2013 I asked to change Erlang's license to MPL 2.0, and the
>> response was that there was a plan to change the license. Why hasn't the
>> license changed yet? Did the answerer lie?
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