For Approval: HAL, Hermes Attribution License (revisited)
Staff di Filosofiateoretica.it
info at filosofiateoretica.it
Fri Nov 21 11:44:18 UTC 2003
Thank you for your suggests,
we have a problem with OSL because it seems not to consider totally the
content of the products developed: our software (and so many others) will be
distributed with a principal core but the system engine will have a great
variety of distribution, depending by their final application (a software
to create and develop metrical poetry texts is so much different from
another one able to educate in language learning, and so on
). We dont want
to release only the core, because the study of a whole system (including
some derivative works, a kind of software plugins ) its easier and much
more organic. In different OSL grants a lot of rights, of course, but for is
not the best license to protect the intellectual works of certain kind of
author. In our software (and we think in so many others) we have to grant
difference kind of rights, especially when we consider the redistribution of
the product under the same terms of original License.
For example we have to consider three different kind of author:
1-an original one: write his own text and consider only his own work
2-a mediated author: someone who puts an original text (like texts of Plato,
) according with the permission of the terms law
3-a derived author: write a text using a lot of external source, mixing
his thought with the meaning of the sentences used
We think OSL is a complete license, but we try to create one more
We introduce also a Charging Fees concept based on moral duty that OSL
dont consider (we have revisited our last version of H.A.L. License
according to the precious suggestions of your mailing-list answer). We dont
want money for the core of the system (its opensource, of course), but we
hope to create a money feedback when a developer is proudly of original
licensor software and want to share a little bit of the contributes
obtained for the performed work.
we append the text of the revisited license in this email
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From: "Staff di Filosofiateoretica.it" <info at filosofiateoretica.it>
To: license-discuss at opensource.org
Subject: For Approval: HAL, Hermes Attribution License
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003 13:58:25 +0100
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We need a new kind of license different from previously released, similar to
the GPL open source license but able to protect and to grant directly
intellectual rights and fees whenever the fees will come from professional
(we think commercial) use of the products bounded with the license.
These are the principal differences between our license and the others just
approved from OSI:
- We speak of open source when our intents are to offer everyone the
possibility to study, to applicate and to upgrade the source code of the
software (the License refers in this case to Hermes_Net web platform), but
we want also to grant everyone for the right economical profits whenever an
application based on the core of the platform will be used for any not-free
use (we think there are so many ways to use Hermes with money profits, like
E-Learning, collective research, case studies, vortal, and content
management used in professional structure (portal, newspaper, industries,
private or public school,
). We dont want to have control of any kind of
fees based on modification, personalization or adaptation of the code. In
this case we want just a feedback of the work developed, to understand and
offering in open source mode the eventual significative upgrade of the
product or important related plugin.
-We want to protect and grant the intellectual right of the author directly.
Hermes is a powerful software able to create a kind of hypermedia/hypertext
from a original document. This document belong to its author and could be
also under copyright license (we speak about classical text for example, or
about poetry, mathematical issue, newspaper articles and so on
). So, if we
have an original production which will envolves in a different way creating
a sub-web-network of collective derived production then we will consider
these productions as author-based copyrighted work too, whose grants are
the same of the original text. Everytime is used a text that violates the
intellectual rights of author the responsability is only of the
administrator (single or team) of the platform. Otherwise whenever a text is
created and offends anyone, or is immoral, or could be dangerously for its
content, only the author is to be considered responsible for his own work.
We think there are no problems with others open source licenses, so the
software could interacts with other products under the same license or with
the standard OSI approved licenses. Our license is like GPL except for the
questions of fees and intellectual grants. Every software could interact
with our product we have find no limitation since the date of the
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