For Approval: German Free Software License
nelson at crynwr.com
Wed Nov 24 14:47:45 UTC 2004
Chuck Swiger writes:
> Although the terms are close in meaning, neither the Free Software
> Foundation nor the OSI board would consider "free software" and
> "open source software" to be synonyms. For example, the OSI board
> has approved some licenses which are not compatible with the GPL's
> definition of "free software".
s/GPL/FSF/, and I would note that that particular issue is very
controversial. It's nowhere near agreed-upon by everyone involved.
> This version of the license ought to have a version #, too, then.
Yes, it should.
> >> The new version of the License becomes binding for
> >> you as soon as you become aware of its publication. Legal remedies
> >> against the modification of the License are not restricted by the
> >> regulations described above.
> I would suggest handling this the way the GPL does; ie, the user
> may choose to accept the new version of the license at their
> option, not as a requirement.
Yes! We cannot approve the license with this term in it, since you
could take away someone's rights to redistribute the software.
> I have strong doubts about the validity of an open-ended license
> which may be altered or changed by one party without notification
> or acceptance on the part of the other party.
Yes, but don't forget that they're writing this for German law, which
may allow this (hopefully not).
Thanks for your comments.
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