Legal Team/Minutes/2018-06-28

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  • Jilayne Lovejoy
  • John Horan
  • Dennis Clark
  • Bradlee Edmondson
  • Steve Winslow
  • Gary O’Neall
  • Paul Madick


1) 3.2 release

  • went through outstanding PRs for 3.2 release
  • Google patent grant - has 3 variations, Steve has captured in PR, but might be worth discussing for next release and reaching out to Google. Mostly used in Go language with BSD-3-Clause
  • Recognized need to do better about how to define stuff that is included on “exception” part of license list - some other language more descriptive than "exception" might be better; all agree the clear feature of all of these things (like Google patent) is that they augment an existing license, live with the code (like a license) and apply across the project (like a license), but are not a license in and of themselves. To discuss more and ideas for changing name of that part of list, further improvements to description there in future (this was also identified as something to improve at the F2F meeting in March)

2) stale URL & case sensitive discussion (updated to SPDX License List collateral/website pages)

  • discussed, and reviewed various comments in issues - as per consensus from all that, will add to Overview page the following bullet in the description of the URL field:
    • "Note that the source URL may refer to an original URL for the license which is no longer active. We don't remove inactive URLs. New or best available URLs may be added."