New Spec editing issue submitted during First Monday call

 

Hi all

Hans from Bosch brought up a topic on one rationale in the spec and - subsequent to the call - opened an issue on GitHub:
https://github.com/OpenChain-Project/Specification/issues/50

Pasted below for easy reference:

= Text under review =

§3.4.1 Compliance Artifacts -- Rationale:
“To ensure reasonable commercial efforts have been instituted in the preparation of the compliance artifacts that accompany the supplied software, as required by the identified licenses”

= Proposition =

There should be no reference to a “reasonable efforts” standard in respect of fulfillment of an OSS license, because the law applies “strict liability”.

= Reasoning =

Generally and probably world wide, copyright law forbids copying, modifying and distributing of copyrighted works, if and insofar there is no grant of such a right by the author/copyright holder. And in respect of Open Source Software, this right is granted under conditions – the OSS License. If the OSS License is not fulfilled, there is no such permission, thus an infringement of copyright. Whether or not an OSS license is fulfilled depends on a strict standard of care (because it is a grant “in rem”, not a mere contract between parties). So the answer can only be “yes, OSS license fulfilled” or “no, OSS license not fulfilled”. There is no grey zone like “yes, if reasonable efforts were made to fulfill the OSS license”. We should avoid any language, even in a rationale, which could give the impression of accepting a standard of care which is not in line with the law.

= Suggestion for a new rationale =

“To ensure the compliance artifacts that accompany the supplied software have been provided and prepared, as required by the identified licenses”

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