Limiting the use of an OpenSource application

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Sat Mar 2 23:16:49 UTC 2002

John Richter <jmrichter at> writes:
> Does anyone know if there is a sort of "socially responsible" open source
> license (a la socially responsible mutual funds)?

In addition to the enforcement issues as noted in the last post, it appears
at least at first glance that any attempt at restricting use would be in
conflict with article 6 of the Open Source Definition:

  6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor

  The license must not restrict anyone from making use of
  the program in a specific field of endeavor. For example,
  it may not restrict the program from being used in a
  business, or from being used for genetic research.


Do I read that correctly?

 Richard Gaskin 
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