binary restrictions?

David Johnson david at
Wed Oct 3 02:41:28 UTC 2001

On Tuesday 02 October 2001 03:04 pm, Ned Lilly wrote:

> Is anyone aware of a license which permits source access and
> modifications, patch contributions, but restricts the right to
> distribute compiled binaries to the sponsoring organization?

It wouldn't be Open Source. Section 2 of the OSD says "The program must 
include source code, and must allow distribution in source code as well as 
compiled form."

What is your purpose in wishing to restrict distribution of the binaries? If 
it is to provide a mechanism that guarantees purchase, then no OSS license 
will do. But if it is to protect the name and reputation of the software, 
then there are several avenues you can take to accomplish that.

David Johnson
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