[License-discuss] license for code used for scientific results?

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Mon Apr 30 17:13:54 UTC 2012

Bruce Perens scripsit:

> What you need is a contract, not a license. In general the Open
> Source licenses only deal with copyright, and you can't compel some
> action unrelated to copyright, like publication of research results,
> with a simple license.

Do you have case law for this claim?  Conditional copyright licenses are
most closely analogous to conditional licenses to enter land, where in
general the condition can be anything, provided it's not against public
policy or otherwise problematic in itself.

Of course, in civil law land, licenses are contracts, period.

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