For Approval: NASA Open Source Agreement Version 1.1

Alex Rousskov rousskov at
Thu Feb 12 21:25:02 UTC 2004

On Thu, 12 Feb 2004 jcowan at wrote:

> Note the wording "requires an effort to accurately track".  It is
> the effort, not the tracking, that is mandatory, and indeed the
> draft NOSA "requests" rather than "requires" users to register with

If the intent is to show an effort, the corresponding informative
clauses should be moved from the license to a Web site and/or software
README file. Many license readers, especially those who are not native
English speakers, will not see the difference you identify above or,
regardless of their mother tongue, will not be sure whether the
difference is legally significant.

If the intent is to track users, the corresponding normative clauses
should be rewarded to better match the intent.

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