Ticket #45 (closed review: license/approved)

Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

Boost Software License Version 1.0

Reported by: zak Owned by: russell.nelson
Priority: major Milestone: 2007 Q4
Component: License Approval Severity:
Keywords: license-discuss:14120 license-discuss:14481 Cc: dave@…
Blocked By: 58, 59, 61 Blocking:

Description (last modified by zak) (diff)

1. The Boost Software License was developed in order to serve as a common open source software license for the C++ libraries developed by numerous different Boost.org contributors. It was intended to encourage commercial use of the boost.org libraries, by being simple to read and understand, by not requiring that the license statement appear in executables, and by allowing licensees to undertake warranty obligations.

The Boost Software License is based upon the MIT license, but differs from the MIT license in that it:

(i) makes clear that licenses can be granted to organizations as well as individuals;

(ii) does not require that the license appear with executables or other binary uses of the library;

(iii) expressly disclaims -- on behalf of the author and copyright holders of the software only -- the warranty of title (a warranty that, under the Uniform Commercial Code, is separate from the warranty of non-infringement)

(iv) does not extend the disclaimer of warranties to licensees, so that they may, if they choose, undertake such warranties (e.g., in exchange for payment).

2. Software distributed under the Boost Software License can be used in conjunction with software distributed under other open source licenses. Any software license that is more restrictive of the rights of a licensee (e.g., the GNU GPL) would likely take precedence for derivative or combined works. I don't believe there are any OSI-approved software licenses that are entirely incompatible with the Boost Software License.

A text version of the license and a legal analysis of the license are attached to this ticket.

Submitted by David Abrahams on 2007-10-10T13:52-1000 to the license-discuss@… mailing list in message  license-discuss:14481


Initially submitted by Alexander Terekhov on 2007-06-04T14:53+0200 to the license-discuss@… mailing list in message  license-discuss:14120

Alexander provided an excerpt of  a posting to the comp.lang.c++.moderated Google Group as an explanation for his submission.

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boost-software-license-v1.0.txt Download (1.3 KB) - added by zak 7 years ago.
Boost Software License v1.0 (Plain Text)
boost-license-1.0-not-osi-compliant.txt Download (3.2 KB) - added by zak 7 years ago.
comp.lang.c++.moderated: Boost license 1.0 is not OSI compliant
boost-software-license-v1.0-legal-analysis.txt Download (4.7 KB) - added by zak 7 years ago.
Legal Analysis of the Boost Software License Version 1.0

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Legal Analysis of the Boost Software License Version 1.0

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Remarking on the legal analysis of OSD #2 in relation to this license.

OSD #2 is expressly about the software, not about its license, so it need not be taken into account when evaluating licenses. It prevents people from releasing an executable or other pile of opaque bits under some permissive license and claiming that it's open source.

See the analysis starting at line 13 of the legal analysis attachment.

Submitted by John Cowan on 2007-10-13T14:26-0400 to the license-discuss@… mailing list in message  license-discuss:14498

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License approved during 2008-01-09 OSI board meeting ( http://opensource.org/minutes20080109).

License listed at  http://opensource.org/licenses/bsl1.0.html

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