Copy-Back License draft for discussion

Chris Zumbrunn chris at
Mon Apr 25 00:10:32 UTC 2005

On Apr 24, 2005, at 10:37 PM, John Cowan wrote:

> Chris Zumbrunn scripsit:
>> People who simply make a distro would not have to keep track of
>> anything. They just need to keep the copyright notice in place the 
>> same
>> way they currently do with the BSD license. In which way does the
>> Copyback License require them to keep track of something?
> Almost all mainstream distros do actually make small modifications of
> the programs they get from upstream developers, in order to better fit
> them together.

OK, if that's the case then a Copyback license would probably not be an 
ideal choice for these kinds of programs. Nevertheless, I changed "any 
modifications" to "any relevant modifications", which should likely 
help in this regard as well.

Also, for consistency I change the occurrences of "original 
contributor" to "project" and eliminated the use of the term "software" 
to make the license even more flexible.


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