Discuss: The Open-Source Milestone Application Framework So

Forrest J. Cavalier III mibsoft at mibsoftware.com
Sat Apr 27 01:16:04 UTC 2002

> 6. All advertising materials regarding products derived from this
> software and/or features derived from its use must include the
> following acknowledgement:

Is that worded as you want it?  There is some clumsiness there
and I am not sure what "features derived from its use" really
means or is different from "products derived from this software"

You know that this clause reaches much farther than the orginal
BSD advertising clause.  There are probably some who will not
adopt the software because of it.

> 7. Milestone must be notified of the redistribution and use of this
> product. Such
> notification can be made by visiting www.techMilestone.com and filling
> out the
> appropriate online form. If you have any questions about this process,
> please
> send an email to MAFAdmin at techMilestone.com.

I seem to recall previously submitted licenses rejected
for clauses similar to this.  (On the grounds that
this fails the "no separate license" requirement of the
OSD.)  Consider what happens when the company goes out of
business, or the WWW is replaced by something better.

I think a requirement to notify the public is OK, a requirement to
notify a specific entity is not.

> 8. Milestone Technology Group, LLC is granted the right to use the
> name and logos of products derived from this software in
> communications related to the Milestone Application Framework.

Yikes! That may not be against the OSD, but I think you 
are going to frighten away anyone who considers this software.


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