OpenSource may not disallow it

Ben Tilly btilly at
Sun Mar 15 14:52:15 UTC 2009

The courts of multiple countries, including the USA, have handed down
rulings that disagree with you.  Open source software has to allow
several specific freedoms, but may have substantial restrictions
beyond that.

For a list of those freedoms, and their rationale, see


On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 6:54 AM, HDE Weird <hde2008 at> wrote:
> Sorry it seems that I did something wrong, so I have to repeat my question.
> One question about OpenSource and its definition. If I did understand it correctly, an OpenSource license does not ever disallow people doing anything using OpenSource software, otherwise it is not an OpenSource license. So, an OpenSource license may not disallow users breking the OpenSource license, like including parts of OpenSource code in commercial closed-source programs, if they do it using open-source programs. Right?

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