why is taking open-source code closed expensive?

David Woolley forums at david-woolley.me.uk
Sun Jul 8 14:36:06 UTC 2007

Joseph Hick wrote:

> i would want to use a license that can be proved to be
> valid in court and can save my open source product.

I doubt that is achievable with a licence.  I think you will need a 
contract (commercial software licence *agreements* are really contracts).

As shrink wrap contracts are a grey area, you will need to get paid by 
every user, so as to establish the "consideration" element of the 
contract (or, in the UK, I believe you can get the agreement signed in 
front of a witness, as a deed).

The payment will make OSI approval impossible.


David Woolley
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