Darwin server license

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Tue Apr 8 16:48:32 UTC 2008

Chuck Swiger scripsit:
> On Apr 8, 2008, at 12:33 AM, Mahesh Govind wrote:
> >One more doubt is  , Can I link the a library made from Darwin  
> >source code , with my application
> >code and release only the darwin source code, Keeping my code  
> >proprietary.
> This is answered in the APSL:
> "(c) If You Externally Deploy Your Modifications, You must make Source  
> Code of all Your Externally Deployed Modifications either available to  
> those to whom You have Externally Deployed Your Modifications, or  
> publicly available. Source Code of Your Externally Deployed  
> Modifications must be released under the terms set forth in this  
> License, including the license grants set forth in Section 3 below,  
> for as long as you Externally Deploy the Covered Code or twelve (12)  
> months from the date of initial External Deployment, whichever is  
> longer. You should preferably distribute the Source Code of Your  
> Externally Deployed Modifications electronically (e.g. download from a  
> web site)."
> (In other words, nope.)

Actually, yes.  "Modifications" in the APSL means changes to files that
contain "Covered Code", which is the original code plus any pre-existing
Modifications.  So what you add in external files is not a Modification.
This is the same rule applied in the MPL, making this license only

IANAL either, TINLA.

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