NPO Developers License

Wilson, Andrew andrew.wilson at
Thu Apr 28 16:58:56 UTC 2005


Ian Jackson wrote:

> Your question appears to us to be based on a misunderstanding of the
> relevant rules as they would usually apply to NPOs in most places,
> even though we do not know exactly which jurisdictions' rules you are
> asking about (since you haven't told us - why not?).

> So, in direct answer to the question you _ought_ to have asked:
> yes, we think many OSI-approved licences will meet your needs.

And -- if upon investigation of the NPO rules in these unnamed
jurisdictions, which I think we've established do not include
North America or the EC -- and they *really, truly* are incompatible
with OSI-approved copyleft licenses -- then as a last resort you
could stipulate waiver of copyright to create true public domain SW.
This is a last resort because open source licenses exist for a
variety of good reasons vs. PD, but then PD would be far
preferable (IMO) to creating a pool of SW which is entailed with
a restrictive, not-for-commercial-use license.

Andy Wilson
Intel Open Source Technology Center

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