Legal soundness comes to open source distribution
nelson at crynwr.com
Thu Aug 15 03:20:01 UTC 2002
Rick Moen writes:
> Quoting Russell Nelson (nelson at crynwr.com):
> > Oh, it's *always* had to be changed. Anybody could insert
> > restrictions on use into a license and ask us to approve it. Since
> > the OSD says nothing about a license not being allowed to have
> > restrictions on use, we would have to approve the license.
> Or they'll turn you into a newt?
> Russ, on other occasions, I believe you've been among those reminding
> people that the OSD isn't a black-box algorithm into which you plug
> candidate licences to determine whether they pass or fail. Whether
> I recall correctly or not, those were words of wisdom.
They were also wrong. Oh, we *can* stretch the definition, but
inventing requirements out of whole cloth is an invitation to a party
-- party to a lawsuit, that is.
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