restricting the use of open source software
prabhaka at apple.com
Fri Mar 25 22:38:50 UTC 2005
On Mar 25, 2005, at 2:31 PM, Julien Fer wrote:
> I am interesting in learning about any open source license with the
> particular feature that it forbids use of the software in any
> military application and within military institutions.
> Does anyone know of such a license, or if a modifying clause to an
> existing license (ideally GPL) can possibly add this restriction?
Unfortunately for you, any such license would explicitly contradict
> 6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
> The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program
> in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict
> the program from being used in a business, or from being used for
> genetic research.
> Rationale: The major intention of this clause is to prohibit
> license traps that prevent open source from being used
> commercially. We want commercial users to join our community, not
> feel excluded from it.
There may be source-available licenses with that constraint; you
could certainly create your own as a derivative of an open source
license (that allows itself to be used like that; not sure the GPL
does). However, such a license would not be open source, and would
probably be shunned by the majority of open source developers.
-- Ernie P.
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