OSD modification regarding what license can require of user

Richard Stallman rms at gnu.org
Thu Mar 14 12:42:07 UTC 2002

I think these issues should be judged by the substance of the
requirement rather than by the legal hook which is used to impose it.
For instance, a requirement to make source available to users is
substantively a requirement of distribution rather than a restriction
on use.

At present we are planning to try to handle the ASP problem in the GPL
through a limitation on a certain kind of modification--that you can't
delete or disable a command that lets the user download source (if the
program has one to start with).  Lawyers we have consulted think that
will work.

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