CA backs single license

Galli, Peter
April 2005
eWeek;4/11/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 15, p9
The article focuses on a campaign spearheaded by Computer Associates International Inc.(CA) to create a single, common open-source license to which options can be added through a template. Opensource products would be licensed under the Template License, and a template addendum would be customized for other countries so as to meet their legal, patent and intellectual property laws. This would be done in association with a law firm local to that country. While the idea of just one internationally acceptable and enforceable license is probably impossible due to the diversity of jurisdictions, the proposed CA license would be applicable in several countries with legal systems close to that of the U.S. The license will be written by lawyers and cost $100,000 to $250,000 to draft. That money will come from the companies in the community. Such a license may simplify things moving forward, but it will not apply to software now licensed under the many existing open-source licenses, since the owners of the affected intellectual property would have to back relicensing.


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