For Approval: Socialtext Public License ("STPL")

Andrew C. Oliver acoliver at
Mon Mar 19 19:45:15 UTC 2007

I dunno about everyone else but I was waiting for Larry to explain what 
the license means.  It seems more difficult to grok.  the affero part 
just jumped out at me.  The license does not as I read it guarantee the 
link in the affero part back to socialtext.  If it did then it would be 
a bigger issue.

Ross Mayfield wrote:
> 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.
> Ross

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