It's funny how things work out sometimes ... When IT Business Edge spoke to intellectual property attorney Lawrence Rosen last week, we just wanted his take on GPL v3. (We should see the final product tomorrow, by the way.) Ultimately, he concluded that the open source license was a good one, but that there were a few things the Free Software Foundation could have done better. He told us about a license he wrote -- the Open Software License:
The provisions that the OSL has are basically the same as the provisions that the GPL has, only much clearer, much shorter, and solve things like the ASP [loophole] and patent provisions in more reasonable ways.
Unbeknownst to me, that same day, Open Source Initiative president Michael Tiemann wrote an official blog post in which he chastised companies like SugarCRM and Centric CRM -- among others -- for calling themselves open source when the licenses they used were not OSI-approved open source licenses. Centric CRM quickly responded in defense of its open source moniker and its standing in the open source community. The company's EVP noted that Centric CRM never told customers its license was OSI-approved, and he disputed the OSI's conclusion that the company doesn't provide true open source software.
And if there was any doubt remaining that Centric CRM is indeed a team player, the company announced today that it is releasing its newest offering under Rosen's Open Software License 3.0 -- and yes, the OSL is OSI-approved.