Legal soundness comes to open source distribution
Mahesh T Pai
paivakil at vsnl.net
Fri Aug 2 17:02:24 UTC 2002
Several packages of GPL'ed software for Win 32 come click wrapped. eg:-
Bloodshed C++ from <www.bloodshed.net> and audacity. (any body want more
examples?) If you do not click the accept button, the installation aborts.
Mahesh T Pai.
Russell Nelson wrote:
>The time is coming when you won't be able to distribute software
>unless you have presented the license to the user and their assent is
>necessary to access the software. Even free software. Our industry
>is maturing and we need to be more legally careful and rigorous.
>The question here is whether we should amend the Open Source
>Definition so that it is clear whether click-wrap licenses are
>allowable or not. We could go either way, but we want to hear from
>you first. Your opinions solicited, and engaged!
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