Subject: Re: License Approval Committee
From: "Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M." <rdixon@cyberspaces.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 18:52:43 -0400

To Larry and the OSI BoD, I think this is an excellent method for
implementing the certification mark.

Rod

: Just to be clear, the OSI Board of Directors has sole authority to
: approve or disapprove licenses.  That is essential to retain our
: certification mark.
:
: The License Approval Committee recommends only.  Not to minimize your
: responsibility one bit, though....  The Board is quite likely to follow
: your advice, particularly if the committee becomes effective at
: screening and analyzing licenses.  Thanks for volunteering.  (Anyone who
: doesn't step back 3 feet is a volunteer!)
:
: /Larry Rosen
:
: > -----Original Message-----
: > From: Don Jarrell [mailto:don@digitalthinkinginc.com]
: > Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 9:19 AM
: > To: Lawrence E. Rosen; Russell Nelson
: > Cc: OS-discuss
: > Subject: RE: License Approval Committee
: >
: >
: > An interesting turn of events.  While I would probably
: > not consider myself qualified to vote for a license's
: > getting the mark, I offer a couple of questions to consider.
: >
: > - What is the standard by which votes are interpreted
: > as "approval" ?  Absence of any objection ? That's a
: > pretty high-standard given the open constituency of the
: > list.  Number of nay votes ? Number or percentage of yea
: > votes ?  Kind of fuzzy.
: >
: > - If there is some metric based upon list population,
: > could/should those who would recuse themselves from the
: > voting - for whatever reason - be removed from that
: > population count ?
: >
: > - Could list members whose bent is revealed to be
: > inconsistent with the OSI/OSD be booted from the list ?
: > Could they become non-voting viewers ?
: >
: > - Is there a secondary review by the Board (like ruling
: > notwithstanding verdict) ?
: >
: > - After reading the new certification page again, I
: > wonder if the all-list-member review could be better
: > as a _screening_ process, prior to Board review of the
: > short-list where actual "approval" and "certification" are conferred.
: >
: > I do believe in the value of the mark as currently conferred,
: > but with this new approach, I am less sure what it will mean.
: >
: > Cheers.     dj
: >
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: >
: > > -----Original Message-----
: > > From: Russell Nelson [mailto:nelson@crynwr.com]
: > > Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 9:45 AM
: > > To: license-discuss@opensource.org
: > > Subject: License Approval Committee
: > >
: > >
: > > Hi, y'all.  We have changed the license approval process.
: > I've asked
: > > Steve to upload the changed page, which is currently at
: > > http://russnelson.com/certification_mark.html.  Part of this change
: > > gives license-discuss more authority.  You're being
: > deputized to serve
: > > as the License Approval Committee.  License approval
: > requests now go
: > > directly to you.
: > >
: > > I'd like it if somebody would step forward to serve as the
: > Committee
: > > chair.  Your duties are to collect a yea/nay recommendation and
: > > forward it to me once the discussion on a license dies down.
: > >
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