Question Regarding GPL
david_dillard at symantec.com
Sat Jan 21 15:36:29 UTC 2006
> OSL 3.0 is not a license
The Open Software License is not a license? Kind of a bad name for it then...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lawrence Rosen [mailto:lrosen at rosenlaw.com]
> Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2006 1:05 AM
> To: license-discuss at opensource.org
> Subject: RE: Re: Question Regarding GPL
> > > Read the OSL 3.0 language carefully. Actions other than
> > those simply
> > > aren't allowed by the license at all. Other verbs not
> listed aren't
> > > allowed, and those verbs that are listed "thereby" create
> > derivative works.
> > I did, and the way that I read it suggests that there is no
> > for to someone re-implement your program, borrowing enough creative
> > ideas from yours that the result is a derivative work under
> > I'm trying to verify whether this is truly the case, and if it is
> > then whether it is an oversight.
> Not an oversight at all. OSL 3.0 is not a license (see the
> patent grant in §
> 2) to create independent works.
> You may not need a license, of course. In the absence of a
> patent nothing whatsoever prohibits anyone from "borrowing
> ... ideas" to create an independent work, and the result is
> not a derivative work. Only expression is protected by copyright.
> ** Lawrence Rosen
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