OSL Version 1.0 dated 8/2/2002
Lawrence E. Rosen
lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Fri Aug 2 18:19:34 UTC 2002
Ken Arromdee wrote:
> Someone could refuse to accept your license (thus also
> refusing to accept your definition of distribution). If he
> refuses to accept your license, he could then Externally
> Deploy the code without being bound by the license. This
> provision accomplishes little.
Are you suggesting that the following provision in the OSL won't work to
prevent the copying that is essential for use of a software program?
8. Acceptance and Termination. Nothing else but this
License (or another written agreement between Licensor
and You) grants You permission to create Derivative
Works based upon the Original Work, and any attempt
to do so except under the terms of this License
(or another written agreement between Licensor and
You) is expressly prohibited by U.S. copyright law,
the equivalent laws of other countries, and by
international treaty. Therefore, by exercising any
of the rights granted to You in Section 1 herein,
You indicate Your acceptance of this License and all
of its terms and conditions. This license shall
terminate immediately upon Your failure to honor
the proviso in Section 1(c) herein.
A similar provision is in the GPL.
Please note that I am not particularly worried about people merely
*using* the software in an external deployment fashion. The real
objective is to capture derivative works through a reciprocity
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