Legal soundness comes to open source distribution
nelson at crynwr.com
Sat Aug 3 03:21:03 UTC 2002
Lawrence E. Rosen writes:
> Then how about a provision of the OSD that reads something like the
> An open source license cannot restrict any fair
> use rights that would be available for a copyrighted
> work in the absence of a license.
> That certainly would prevent someone from restricting the publication of
> benchmark results, or using the work for "purposes such as criticism,
> comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for
> classroom use), scholarship, or research." 17 U.S.C. §107.
What about adding 17 U.S.C. §117 rights as well? That would ensure
that anybody who got a copy of the software would be able to use it,
back it up, and restore it if necessary.
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