non-military use license

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Thu Jan 11 23:36:50 UTC 2007

Andrew C. Oliver wrote:
> Out of curiosity what if someone were to phrase a license that it the
> software could not be
> used to "physically cause harm or injury to others" rather than
> expressly prohibiting military use.

Nope, "physically causing harm or injury to others" is a field of
endeavour (sometimes a quite profitable one).  Thus, licenses
restricting it violate OSD 6.

> Broadly speaking "not harming or injuring others" seems
> like the kind of usage restriction that might be allowable...

Broadly speaking, no usage restrictions are allowed.

> Granted I agree if the idea is out there and its that good then the
> reimplementation is a trivial matter for a motivated large organization.

If you did have such a (proprietary) license, you could patent the
relevant ideas, and thus prevent (legal) reimplementation.

Matthew Flaschen

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