Redistribution constraint

DJ Anubis anubis at
Thu Aug 19 15:18:08 UTC 2004

Le jeudi 19 Août 2004 14:41, Mahesh T. Pai a écrit :
> Andrea Chiarelli said on Thu, Aug 19, 2004 at 11:37:07AM +0200,:
>  > - Is this redistribution constraint a problem for open source
>  >    philosophy?
> Sure yes.  Any kind  of restriction on  redistribution is  against
> the philosophy of OSS.
>  > - Is there an already approved open source license that meets
>  > this requirement? (I have found none among the published ones)
> No. A license which prohibits  the user from redistributing for
> profit _is_ against  the concept of freedom.  It is `Free as  in
> Freedom; not free of cost'.
> A new license  which imposes such a restriction is  not (likely) to
> be approved.

This is why MySQL, Trolltech and some others have a dual licensing 
scheme, one being pure GPL, wich money makers don't like, and the 
second, commercial, wich allow them to make money against a fee.

aka DJ Anubis
LAB Project Initiator & coordinator

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