YAPL is bad (was: Re: Backlog assistance?)

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Mon Sep 24 10:16:52 UTC 2001

Rob Myers scripsit:

> > ...it introduces a novel obligation to disclose one's private affairs.
> >...
> > The licence must not attach any obligations to usage of the covered code
> > that is entirely internal to the non-public affairs of the individual or
> > organisation using it.
> Well, that's the GPL out for starters. :-) 

I'm not sure what the smiley face means in this connection, but the GPL
imposes no such obligation to the world at large.  If you distribute a
derivative work, you are obliged to distribute the original *to the recipients
of the derivative work*; likewise, if you distribute binaries, you are obliged
to distribute source *to the recipients of the binaries*.

If you distribute only to your partner, or to the people of your organization,
or to Bill Gates, then your further obligations involve distributing only
to your partner/your people/BillG.

John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              cowan at ccil.org
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