For Approval: Socialtext Public License ("STPL")

Ross Mayfield ross.mayfield at
Mon Mar 19 18:24:38 UTC 2007

Thanks for all the feedback so far.  I find it encouraging that the
only issue seems to be with the Affero clause.  Wanted to provide one
point of clarification:

On 3/8/07, Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at> wrote:
> Your network use clause is from Affero, which is not OSI-approved.
> However, the only problem I see with this clause is that it requires
> "immediate transmission by HTTP", which to me is a violation of OSD #10
> .  I think "immediate transmission, over the network, " is much better.
> However, SocialText (the program itself) does not seem to have any
> provision for providing source to users, so the clause is currently
> toothless.  If you use this license, I assume you'll want every version
> you release to have this feature.

The attribution component provides a link back to Socialtext, where
the source is available for immediate transmission.


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