Best way to add a branding requirement.
mccoy.smith at intel.com
Fri Sep 9 15:25:28 UTC 2005
You probably want to read up on the history of the "obnoxious
advertising clause" of the old BSD. There is a summary here.
From: Peter Urbanec [mailto:opensource at urbanec.net]
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 8:29 PM
To: license-discuss at opensource.org
Subject: Best way to add a branding requirement.
I have been trying to convince my client to Open Source a large chunk of
technology that they developed. They have spent considerable amount of
time and money in research and development and are in early stages of
They are quite happy to make the source code available under the terms
of the GPL, however they would also like to stipulate a branding
requirement. Effectively, they would like any product that makes use of
their code to display a "Powered by X" logo in the user interface and
any promotional literature. They would also like the documentation to
carry the same branding information and a technology notice.
What is the best way to accommodate this? Are there any existing
licenses to use as a guide?
Can my client release the source under GPL and add special clauses to
add the branding requirement? My guess is no, since this is a further
restriction of rights from the view point of the GPL, but perhaps I am
I am going to try to convince my client to go for OSI approved
licensing. Assuming that there are no existing licenses that will
suffice, what are your recommendations for the fastest and easiest way
to get OSI approval that will satisfy the needs of my client?
Thanks in advance for any help you can give. It's not very often that
companies are receptive to Open Sourcing their R&D efforts this early,
so I'd like to give my client the good news ASAP.
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