Can anyone say his or her software is open source?

Tina Gasperson tinahdee at
Fri Nov 30 23:46:20 UTC 2001

Does a license have to comply with the published requirements 
( in order for the distributor 
or creator of the software to call it open source?

ACARA ( is a program 
originally developed by NASA. ACARA is now being handled by the Open Channel 
Foundation ( ACARA's license terms 
violate at least three points of the Open Source definition (AFAIK, IANAL), 
yet the Open Channel Foundation claims all of the software it distributes is 
open source.

Is this OK from a legal standpoint? 

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Tina Gasperson

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