Simple OS license?

jacobus.vosloo at jacobus.vosloo at
Wed Nov 12 21:33:55 UTC 2003


I just saw in the archives that this license were discussed around
2003/07/01 under
thread heading "Microsoft's near-OSD-compliant shared source license"

My question is still. If there's a problem with clause 2, how can it be
fixed, or what other license to use.


Jacobus Vosloo


Will the license listed below be compatible with opensource standards?
It is a template as published by Microsoft on their workspaces website
I am considering this license because:
      It is short.
      It allows commercial derivatives. ie. should be non viral, and
compatible with most other OS licenses.

NB. Will it be compatible with other licenses? Especially ones like GNU
Example: Will a library written under this license be includable in another
os project?
If it is not compatible. Please advice on a license that is similar to the
LGPL, but with more allowance for commercial distribution.

Thanks for comments.

Jacobus Vosloo
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Shared Source License for [INSERT PROJECT NAME HERE]

This license governs use of the accompanying software ('Software'), and
use of the Software constitutes acceptance of this license.

You may use the Software for any commercial or noncommercial purpose,
including distributing derivative works.

In return, we simply require that you agree:
1. Not to remove any copyright or other notices from the Software.
2. That if you distribute the Software in source code form you do so only
   under this license (i.e. you must include a complete copy of this
   with your distribution), and if you distribute the Software solely in
   object form you only do so under a license that complies with this
3. That the Software comes "as is", with no warranties. None whatsoever..
   This means no express, implied or statutory warranty, including without
   limitation, warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular
   purpose or any warranty of title or non-infringement. Also, you must
   this disclaimer on whenever you distribute the Software or derivative
4. That no contributor to the Software will be liable for any of those
   of damages known as indirect, special, consequential, or incidental
   related to the Software or this license, to the maximum extent the law
   permits, no matter what legal theory it's based on. Also, you must pass
   this limitation of liability on whenever you distribute the Software or
   derivative works.
5. That if you sue anyone over patents that you think may apply to the
   Software for a person's use of the Software, your license to the
   ends automatically.
6. That the patent rights, if any, granted in this license only apply to
   Software, not to any derivative works you make.
7. That the Software is subject to U.S. export jurisdiction at the time it
   is licensed to you, and it may be subject to additional export or import
   laws in other places.  You agree to comply with all such laws and
   regulations that may apply to the Software after delivery of the
   to you.
8. That if you are an agency of the U.S. Government, (i) Software provided
   pursuant to a solicitation issued on or after December 1, 1995, is
   provided with the commercial license rights set forth in this license,
   and (ii) Software provided pursuant to a solicitation issued prior to
   December 1, 1995, is provided with "Restricted Rights" as set forth in
   FAR, 48 C.F.R. 52.227-14 (June 1987) or DFAR, 48 C.F.R. 252.227-7013
   (Oct 1988), as applicable.
9. That your rights under this License end automatically if you breach it
   any way.
10.That all rights not expressly granted to you in this license are

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