Open source shareware?

phil hunt philh at
Thu Nov 8 17:20:44 UTC 2001

On Thursday 08 November 2001  4:34 pm, John Cowan wrote:
> Forrest J. Cavalier III wrote:
> > Can someone point out the OSD violation of a shareware
> > license such as the following?  I realize it violates
> > the spirit of the OSD, but I cannot find where it violates
> > the "letter" of the OSD.  The OSD is silent on "use" and
> > I think this illustrates the problem.
> There is no obvious violation, but the license is probably
> not enforceable either, since it purports to forbid people
> from doing something -- using the program -- that is permitted
> by law.  To constrain the user, the user would have to do
> something to accept the contract.
> Furthermore, there are obvious practical problems.  When
> does the 30 days start to run?

What if it was a click-through license, and the 30 days ran
from when the user clicked to accept the license.

(Such a license would need the added disclaimer that modifications
that bypassed the click-through were banned).

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