The Hippocratic License

Yes, and that review is ongoing as we continue to strengthen the language in the license.

Has the Hippocratic License been reviewed and approved by the Open Source Initiative?

The license will be submitted to the OSI for their review once a stable version has been completed.

Does the Hippocratic License violate the “No Discrimination” and “Fields of Endeavor” terms of the Open Source Definition?

Those sections state that an Open Source License must not discriminate against any person or group of persons, or against any field of endeavor, respectively.

No Groups or Fields are discriminated against by the Hippocratic License. People in the Groups are welcome to use software under the Hippocratic License in their Fields. The restrictions in the Hippocratic License target specific activities, not groups of people or fields of work. The restrictions apply equally to all people and all groups, in all fields of endeavor. Therefore, the restrictions are not discriminatory in any way.

Is the Hippocratic License enforceable?

Enforcement is a legitimate concern, but the question of the enforceability of open source licenses in general has still not been tested in the US court system. The landmark case of Arifex Software, Inc. vs Hancom, Inc., involving the alleged breach of the GPL, is often touted as a victory for open source licenses, but the judge in that case did nothing more than deny a motion to dismiss in order for the case to continue. The suit was then settled out of court, leaving the legal enforceability question open.

What happens if the No Harm clause is determined to be unenforceable?

The language in the draft 1.2 version of the license ensures that in this circumstance the license reverts to the same legal enforceability of the unmodified MIT license.

How do I annotate the Hippocratic License in project documentation?

Use MIT - Hippocratic.