Proposal for change to OSD#9

Nils Labugt elabu at
Sun Aug 26 13:06:27 UTC 2007

OSD#9 does not define "other software". OSI should promote
interoperability and competition, but the lack of clarity of #9 makes it
less effective for that purpose. I therefore propose that #9 be amended
with the following definition:

A piece of software would count as "other software" if works of similar
nature are customarily distributed by vendors as separate products to
new customers, and the software is not a derivative work, as understood
in the _______ jurisdiction, of the work covered by the license.

Nils Labugt

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