IPL as a burden
nelson at crynwr.com
Sat Jan 20 06:05:24 UTC 2001
Ian Lance Taylor writes:
> I'm sorry, I was thinking that you were talking about using an open
> source license, and then claiming license fees on top of that. Now I
> understand that you were just continuing your claim that requiring
> license fees was compatible with open source. That's interesting; I
> don't see a clear statement in the OSD that recipients of a program be
> permitted to run it.
None is needed. If you have legally received a copy of a program (and
OSD #1 guarantees the right of the person giving you a copy to do so),
you are free to use it or not, as you wish. Copyright law only
restricts copying. You could only restrict the activities of a
*recipient* if you could require them to execute a license, but OSD #7
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