Re: [OVC-discuss] Wired: Nation's First Open Source Election Software Released

From: John-Paul Gignac <jjgignac@fossfactory.org>
Date: Tue Oct 27 2009 - 11:51:40 CDT

Until the proper licensing notice is attached, the code is technically NOT
free/open source software.

Just my 2 cents.

JP

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 9:28 PM, Nathan Adams <nadams@ieee.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 9:10 PM, David Mertz <mertz@gnosis.cx> wrote:
>
>> Bev Harris sayeth:
>>
>> But again, you gotta wonder: They are "releasing the code" but not all of
>>> the
>>> code. To which I can only comment: Strange, but true.
>>>
>>
>> Nathan Adams responded:
>>
>> The article was poorly worded. They have not actually written all of the
>>> code. You can't release code that doesn't exist.
>>>
>>
>> It's also worth noting that the code that *is* at their git repository
>> DOES NOT have any LICENSE notice (with the exception of the Registrar
>> component, which is labeled as CC-SA). I have inquired to OSDV about their
>> code license status, but have not yet received any response. If anyone else
>> is able to obtain clarification on just how they have licensed their code,
>> it would be great to hear about that.
>>
>> I don't think there is any conspiracy or sleight-of-hand in not having
>> written all the code. Every project starts with some code which isn't all
>> of what it needs to be. But it is also conventional with true FOSS projects
>> to prominently indicate the rights of users of even that first line of code.
>> OSDV should do this ASAP.
>>
>> Unfortunately, we have seen other players in this space who have released
>> code that claims to be Open Source, but is something less than that on
>> closer inspection. It heightens concern for clarification of license status
>> when someone new "releases" (or announces) something.
>>
>>
> If a co-founder of the EFF is involved (Mitch Kapor), I have to give them
> the benefit of a doubt. However, its not clear if he has anything to do with
> OSDV or just happened to be at the same panel discussion. In any case, trust
> but verify. If there are issues with what they are doing (lack of copyright
> & licensing terms), then we should politely and publicly point those out. If
> their response is less than forthright, then we will know them by their
> actions.
>
> Here are their Charter and Bylaws:
>
> http://osdv.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/inc-articles.pdf
> http://osdv.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/bylaws.pdf
>
> Nathan
>
>
>
>
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