Legal Team/Minutes/2014-09-18

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  • Jilayne Lovejoy
  • Dennis Clark
  • Tom Incorvia
  • Alan Tse
  • Mark Gisi


1) License expression syntax

  • Mark has not gotten any further feedback, so feeling like it's pretty close
  • Mark raised issue of whether SPDX License List short identifiers and (new) license expression operators should be case sensitive with the Tech Team and discussed further here: decided that for purposes of spec, in terms of a legitimate value, both could be case insensitive (but best practice would be to display with precise capitalization). Mark to go back to tech team with this decision.
  • Mark is also working on accompanying FAQ document for the license expression syntax. He has identified 7 questions/areas to answer, which we discussed. those are (roughly):
  1. why do we need license expression language? (aren't open source projects under a single license?)
  2. what is the difference between a license and a license notice?
  3. do we have examples?
  4. why is GPL-2.0+ no longer an identifier in SPDX 2.0?
  5. why are some expressions no longer valid?
  6. what is the difference between a license and a license expression?
  7. is the license expression case sensitive?
  • Mark to send first draft of FAQ document to legal team for review at next meeting, Oct 2