restricting the use of open source software

Evan Prodromou evan at
Sun Mar 27 15:37:14 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-03-27 at 16:18 +0200, Bjorn Reese wrote:

> >>Would it be possible to forbid the use in, say, systems deliberately
> >>designed to cause loss of life, injury, or environmental damage, and
> >>still be compliant with OSD #5 and #6?
> Could you be more elaborate?
> The reason I asked is that I find the OSD fairly vague in this regard.
> The above suggestion does not preclude, say, military personnel from
> using the software, unless they are using it for lethal purposes.

That's why #5 and #6 are separate. #5 says you can't discriminate
against people for who they are, and #6 says you can't discriminate
against people for what they do, even if what they do is horrible.


Evan Prodromou
evan at

More information about the License-discuss mailing list