Subscription/Service Fees - OSD Intent
david at usermode.org
Thu Mar 29 00:04:47 UTC 2001
On Thursday March 29 2001 05:35 am, Eric Jacobs wrote:
> My statement that Bob has all the rights which Andy has but does not
> have the requirement of distributing under the GPL is derived from
> David Johnson's argument about OSD #7 -- namely, that a recipient of
> Open Source software gains all of the rights that the distributor
> had with regard to the software, _without_ having to meet any of the
> requirements that the distributor did.
Yup, that's pretty much what I said. I'll still stick by it. And that's why I
don't believe that shareware Open Source is possible, because the recipient
does not receive the same rights as the distributor. Paying a registration
fee is something additional that the recipient must do before gaining full
rights to the program. A payment (execution) to unlock additional rights
(license), is not allowed by definition #7.
The recipient gets all of the rights of the distributor. In the case of the
GPL, the recipient can run the program without having to worry about a thing.
He can also distribute the program provided he follows certain conditions,
which is exactly the same rights as the distributor! Nothing has changed.
There is no case where the distributor can do one thing but the recipient
cannot. There may be conditions to those rights, but those conditions are the
same for both parties.
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