For Approval: Open Source Software Alliance License

Sean Chittenden sean at
Mon Sep 29 21:37:21 UTC 2003

>  > If the changes are outside of the scope of a business's core,
>  > then maintaining those changes is expensive and it is in the
>  > businesses best interests to release those changes.  The OSSAL
>  > prevents those changes from being licensed under the GPL, making
>  > those changes available to other widget makers.
> You aren't answering Ian's question (which is also my question).
> What is the difference between this proprietary license:
>   "You can do anything to this code but sell it"
> and the GPL?  Both of them interfere with solving the problem that
> you say the OSSAL addresses.  Yet the OSSAL only prohibits the
> latter and not the former.

Correct, that's for market forces to correct, not some chunk of
legalese.  See previous posts about why the GPL is not looked kindly
upon by me or the OSSAL.


Sean Chittenden
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