Re: Names of licenses we currently support / where should license text live?
Peter Williams <peter.williams@...>
On 8/27/10 2:47 PM, Jeff Luszcz wrote:
Hi Kate et al,Once a license is "approved" and placed in the repo it should be immutable. That way there is no chance of the text changing once the license name is in use.
To prevent links going defunct we could use PURL. PURL is a permanent URL service provided under the auspices of the OCLC (the library cooperative). PURL is widely used in the RDF, IETF and W3C communities for URIs that need to remain valid permanently.
Providing an optional way to embed the license text could still be useful. If we do allow an "approved" license to be specified along with it's license text the spec should clarify what the semantics are if the license text in the SPDX file doesn't match the license text of the named license in the license repo. Should it be treated as a custom license, and tools would ignore the specified license? Or should that constitute an error? Or should license text be ignore in favor of the license name?