Legal Team/Minutes/2019-08-15

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Special session for demonstration of new license submission features from 2019 Google Summer of Code project


  • Umang Taneja
  • Mark Atwood
  • Shawn Clark
  • John Horan
  • Rahul Kumar
  • Jilayne Lovejoy
  • Paul Madick
  • Tushar Mittal
  • Thomas Steenbergen
  • Steve Winslow


Extra meeting – demo from Umang Taneja on GSoC 2019 License Submission Tool improvements

Developing the new features included the following tasks:

  1. Create API for license submittal feature
  2. Create SPDX license matcher => tool to match submitted license against SPDX license list. Takes into account SPDX matching guidelines
  3. Check if license already present on license list
  4. Check whether license is not yet approved / is rejected – looks only at what’s been submitted through the tool
  5. Improve XML generating algorithm and license submittal feature – added Beautify button inside tools. In process, breaks if license text itself has angle bracket tags
  6. Check for close matches, show diff, ask user if changes are substantial. Still working on PR


  • Diff to matching – include button / link to matching guidelines; include telling submitter which license is matching
  • Diff against other licenses – can it be word-by-word rather than full line? Longer-term fix, would involve changing the full algorithm