Limiting the use of an OpenSource application

Rick Moen rick at
Sun Mar 3 04:01:43 UTC 2002

Quoting John Richter (jmrichter at

> I ask this because this requirement puts companies with "ethical
> practices" rules in a strange position. A company might have a rule
> saying that it won't do business with companies that use sweatshop
> labor, for example. They couldn't release any code they wrote as open
> source, because to do so could violate their ethical practices rule (a
> sweatshop-using company might decide to use their open source
> accounting software, for example).

Please pardon a (mayhap) silly question:  How could it be considered
"doing business" for an unknown third party to independently decide
to use one's software without any kind of exchange transaction?

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