I think that the CAL is the only OSI-approved license that starts to meet the definitions you have set up for ethical source. Is it perfect? No, and it probably doesn't give you everything you want. But it is close, in part because it was written with the purpose of protecting and empowering individuals above all else.
This came, in large part, from Holo, who sponsored the writing of the CAL. In fact, I mentioned ethicalsource.dev to Mary Camacho (the executive director for Holo) and she was very intrigued and expressed interest in meeting some people from the ethical source movement.
Would you like me to connect you?
"That feels powerful to me. It goes beyond the scope of open-source licenses to ensure freedom beyond just being able to audit and modify code. We’re embedding an ethical stance about data sovereignty into Holochain’s terms-of-use. This puts the CAL into the (sometimes controversial) territory of ‘Ethical Source’. Personally, I’m okay with that. We’ve always been explicit about our intention to support the commons, and sometimes that means asking people to consent to restrictions if they want to play this new game with us. After all, as Dr Elinor Ostrom famously demonstrated, that's what makes the commons work."
I was wondering what your thoughts were on the relationship between CAL and Ethical Source.
Coraline Ada Ehmke
Founder, Organization for Ethical Source
Chicago, IL, USA
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