[legal-discuss] Licensing options for new project (Kolla) entering big tent

Steven Dake (stdake) stdake at cisco.com
Thu Jul 9 19:24:36 UTC 2015


Thanks that clears it up.  I parse that statement a bit differently you
have.  Its the ³so+² or intent of the clause where I get hung up.  The so
could be achieved I suspect without the direct requirement of ASL2.0.
Technically the technical committee doesn¹t have a TC release anymore
either, as far as I understand.  But IANAL :)

In the Kolla case if we had intended to use #3, we would not be able to
apply for big tent by your analysis successfully because we would run into
the clause outlined in my original email.  Since we are not using method
#3, but have rolled our own implementation which is ASL, we are good to go
on that clause of the new project rules.


On 7/9/15, 9:37 AM, "Radcliffe, Mark" <Mark.Radcliffe at dlapiper.com> wrote:

>Just to be clear, the GPLv3 does not require modification for its terms
>to apply. The terms of the GPLv3 apply upon distribution of the code.
>The GPLv3 licensed code could not be part of the Technical Committee
>Approved Release because Section 7.2 of the Restated Bylaws provides
>that: "The Foundation shall distribute the software in the Technical
>Committee Approved Release under the Apache License 2.0 unless changed as
>provided in Section 9.1" so the requirement of the use of the Apache 2.0
>license is not limited to code which is eligible for trademark use. Such
>code, Trademark Designated OpenStack Software, is designated by the Board
>and is a subset of the Technical Committee Approved Release.
>I remember a Board discussion about the use of copyleft licenses in
>dependencies and I think that the Board was generally against it, but I
>don't think that a decision was reached. I think that a discussion on
>this issue would be useful and I will discuss with Jonathan.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Richard Fontana [mailto:rfontana at redhat.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 12:38 PM
>To: Stefano Maffulli
>Cc: legal-discuss at lists.openstack.org
>Subject: Re: [legal-discuss] Licensing options for new project (Kolla)
>entering big tent
>On Wed, Jul 08, 2015 at 12:14:31PM -0700, Stefano Maffulli wrote:
>> > I asked the TC if this approach would be in violation of the
>> > governance repository here:
>> > https://github.com/openstack/governance/blob/master/reference/new-pr
>> > ojects-requirements.rst
>> [...]
>> >  From the requirements " * Project must have no library dependencies
>> > which effectively restrict how the project may be distributed or
>> > deployed"
>> I don't think that this requirement line you quote is preventing GPLv3
>> code in OpenStack because the GNU GPLv3 (and its predecessor v2)
>> doesn't restrict how the code is distributed or deployed. The license
>> provisions kick in when code is modified *and* is distributed with such
>> The bullet before the one you quoted says:
>>  * The proposed project uses an open source license (preferably the
>>    Apache v2.0 license, since it is necessary if the project wants to be
>>    used in an OpenStack trademark program)
>> This to me means that code can be put under the /openstack/ namespace
>> in any open source approved license. Using Apache SL v2 will make it
>> possible to be legally distributed by the OpenStack Foundation as part
>> of the OpenStack 'core' definition.
>> If the intention of the TC requirements is to prevent strong copyleft
>> licenses in openstack/ namespace maybe the bullets needs to be
>I agree. If "effectively restrict[s] how the project may be distributed
>or deployed" was meant to allude to things like GPLv3 that is not obvious.
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