Viewable Source License

Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. rod at
Sun Nov 25 20:58:56 UTC 2001

Tom, the interesting aspect of your query is the question you have not
asked.  Even so, if your lawyer has not pointed out that, under the
circumstances, there are a number of issues that you need to negotiate
over before you reach the question of open source, then you might be
better served by re-directing this question to your lawyer for a more
complete explanation. If you are an "open source company," I am
confident your lawyer can suggest a way to accomplish your goals as well
as ensure that you have a fair way to make money for your efforts.

Rod Dixon
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Rutgers University Law School - Camden
rod at

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Schouteden [mailto:tom.schouteden at] 
> Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2001 9:49 AM
> To: license-discuss at
> Subject: Viewable Source License
> Hi there,
> I'm aware that the following topic may not entirely classify 
> as an Open Source license but I would like to get some advise.
> We are a small Open Source company that provide development, 
> consulting, etc.  We are currently talking with a customer 
> about developing an application for them.  His company has 
> limited funds and they believe that the development fee is 
> too high.  We suggested to shift our revenue from the 
> development to user licensing.  That way his investment is 
> minimal but he has to pay us for every copy he sells.  We do 
> however want him to grant the right to modify the source for 
> personal use if he wishes too.  Of course he can not 
> redistribute the application in any form, since we have to 
> generate our revenue from user licensing.
> Is there any applicable Open Source license - not necessarily 
> OSI certified - that we can use to achieve this?  Or are we 
> forced to close down the source and use a M$-alike license?
> Kind regards,
> Tom Schouteden
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