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The goals of the OSI's license proliferation committee were thrown into question when the creator of the organization's manifesto was recently denied entrance.

Bruce Perens, the co-founder of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and creator of the Open Source Definition, went public with his displeasure that he wasn't invited to take part in the committee, which will advise the OSI board of directors on its recommendations to address license proliferation.

Perens said he was contacted Laura Majerus, the committee's chair, the day the call for volunteers went out.

His only reply was a form letter saying there were too many qualified members looking for a position on the committee. He told that he fought for acceptance using back channels at the organization, a measure that proved ineffective.

And that's when he took it public, posting to the committee's discussion list on Sunday and touching off a public debate on the goals of the license proliferation committee.

"We have to have some questions about the Open Source Initiative," he said.

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