For Approval: Open Source Software Alliance License

Bjorn Reese breese at
Mon Sep 29 17:55:48 UTC 2003

On Sun, 2003-09-28 at 19:09, John Cowan wrote:
> David Presotto scripsit:
> > As an aside, it might have been less inflamatory if the license has said ``if
> > source of the program and any derivatives is distributed under an inheritive
> > license (e.g. GPL), it must ALSO be distributed under this license.''
> > Then Sean would always have access to changed code for his proprietary works
> > if anyone has access to them.  Someone must have suggested this already but
> > I don't see it in the archive.
> No, no one has, and I think this is quite a clever idea.  It's appropriate
> to apply it to derivative works only, not to to distributions of
> unchanged code.

I once asked Stallman about this and he claimed that such a license
would be incompatible with the GPL.

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