Restrictions in license
brian at collab.net
Wed Sep 28 04:14:47 UTC 2005
On Sun, 25 Sep 2005, Ben Tilly wrote:
> On 9/25/05, Brian Behlendorf <brian at collab.net> wrote:
>> On Sat, 24 Sep 2005, Russell Nelson wrote:
>>> Joerg Friedrich writes:
>> It looks like rule #3 might address this, but it's hard to tell. Such
>> a license would certainly "allow modifications", just not all possible
>> ones. Should #3 have read "allow ALL modifications"?
>> I think such a license would be abhorrant, but we need a better answer as
>> to why it's not allowed by the OSD. Are there any existing certified
>> licenses that changing #3 to "allow ALL modifications" would affect?
> Yes. See the GPL, section 2c.
So... to me that means that there's no reason why a clause like the
one Joerg proposes ("you may not distribute if modified to allow > N
simultaneous connections") would by itself render a license
non-OSD-compliant. If that's the case, you're going to find a lot of
existing commercial companies try to "open source" their applications
as user-limited crippleware. Is that what we want?
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