Legal soundness comes to open source distribution

Russell Nelson nelson at
Thu Aug 15 03:20:01 UTC 2002

Rick Moen writes:
 > Quoting Russell Nelson (nelson at
 > > 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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