The Open Source Definition: 3. Derived Works

Christoph Steinbeck steinbeck at
Wed Mar 28 12:41:08 UTC 2001

I'm going to give a talk on the benefits of the Open Source Principles
for the developement of chemistry software (especially in academia) and
I'll first step through the 9 points of the open source definition. 
I have a problem understanding point 3. Shouldn't it be: "The license
must ... require them to be distributed under the same terms...."
instead of "... must ... allow them to be ...". 

What is the point of letting them change the code and change the license
to whatever they like (proprietory, e.g.).

Any help appreciated.



Dr. Christoph Steinbeck (
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