Model Code for the OSD

Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. rdixon at
Sat Jan 18 16:40:53 UTC 2003

David has proposed that Article 2 of the OSD not be read to require
documented source code. To implement this change on our draft, I can delete
from section 2-2 of the model code the explanatory passage that defines
obfuscated to mean, among other things, undocumented code. I'll make this
change by the end of the month unless others post views to the contrary.


----- Original Message -----
From: "David Johnson" <david at>
To: "Rod Dixon" <rodd at>
Cc: <license-discuss at>
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 9:55 PM
Subject: Re: Model Code for the OSD

: On Friday 17 January 2003 09:57 am, Rod Dixon wrote:
: > Larry & List members: at your convenience, please download the current
: > draft  of the OSD's proposed model code.
: I have one nit.
: 4: "Source code that is exceptionally difficult to read either because it
: not documented or is cryptically expressed is considered obfuscated source
: code..."
: This seems onerous. It is the bad habit of many developers not to document
: their code. If the code itself is easily understandable by someone
: with the language and the problem domain, then the lack of documentation
: should not count as obfuscation. I don't want to point any fingers, but
: are numerous examples of OSS projects with absolutely no documentation.
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