OpenJDK Governing Board Minutes: 20011/4/21

Mike Milinkovich mike.milinkovich at
Fri May 6 16:37:32 UTC 2011

> > - Get rid of the SCA. Commit to using the GPL for everything.
> >   People should be able to be members of the community without
> >   having to assign all their rights on non-reciprocal terms to
> >   Oracle.
> I don't think this can happen, but the OCA (was SCA) can
> at least be improved to address most concerns that appear to
> have caused some potential contributors to hesitate doing
> so. My guess is that some aspects of non-reciprocity will likely
> remain though.

To further set (perhaps lower would be more accurate) expectations on this
front, it is my understanding that any revisions to the OCA will happen
_after_ the revised Bylaws come out. If I'm mistaken about that, perhaps
Mark Reinhold or Adam Messinger can correct me.

I would also point out that there is no chance that the OCA is going to go
away. Sun, and now Oracle, have business motivations and existing
contractual obligations that will always require them to aggregate clear
title to the intellectual property in OpenJDK. So anyone harbouring hopes
that this would change needs to come to terms with this reality.


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