Best license query -

Jeffery, Christopher C.Jeffery at
Tue Feb 8 13:30:39 UTC 2011

If you want to restrict use to other police forces, you don't open source - you create a fairly simple template free but 'traditional' (i.e. specific to that user organisation) licence that you either get signed in the old-fashioned way, or which you incorporate into an online process in a secure environment accessible to technologists within other forces (if such a thing exists).
Open source involves the loss of control over onward distribution and use that you want to avoid.    As to where you would get such a licence, there will be licences available online, but I see a degree of bespoke elements here which, though not overly-complicated, would need some thought, and perhaps some input from a friendly lawyer :)
As requested, I have avoided any mention of how good OS development can be, even for this scenario!

From: Conrad CRAMPTON PSE 52704 [mailto:conrad.crampton at]
Sent: 08 February 2011 13:13
To: license-discuss at
Subject: Best license query -

I work for a development team in a UK police force. We produce good quality J2EE software for the use of principally by my police force. However, as money is tight across the UK policing now, other forces are looking to adopt solutions developed by my team in their forces. As ardent consumers of open source tools in our development environment and component use, I would like other police forces to use as they see fit my software. However, some of the applications do have a security risk associated with them if they were licensed according to one of the standard / recommended licenses. Basically what I would like to do is give my software away to other police forces so they can modify, copy etc. , but impose restrictions on the redistribution of it. I wouldn't be happy for the software to go to a commercial supplier who then charges for it.
Is there an appropriate existing licence for this? Does anyone have any recommendations about this generally? I don't particularly want to get into a debate about the merits of fully open sourcing these apps and the benefits that this may bring in relation to enhanced security, the debate on this has been well rehearsed at a national level and is deemed not appropriate for the police service at this moment in time.
Thanks for any advice.

Conrad Crampton
Software Development Manager
Force Headquarters
8 Edinburgh Square
Sutton Road
ME15 9BZ
01622 652885 (ext)
19-2885 (internal)
07972 004551  (mobile)
conrad.crampton at<mailto:conrad.crampton at>


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