[License-discuss] Open source license with obligation to display an attribution?

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Tue Dec 4 16:21:39 UTC 2018

Yeah, let's hear the problem statement first.

There are a few issues with "badgeware", software which requires a web-page
acknowledgement: First, it makes a legal requirement for simple use, rather
than creation of a derivative work. In general, we don't expect simple
users to have read the license at all, or to have access to legal counsel.
Second is that badgeware doesn't scale. Debian offers around 25K packages.
Thus one could easily see a web page with hundreds of badges, where
managing them becomes a serious burden to the user.



On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 8:03 AM Chris Lamb <chris.lamb at opensource.org> wrote:

> Simon,
> > What I have in mind is for software that is used to drive a web-site,
> > where we just want to request that a logo with the words "Powered by
> > ACME technology" is displayed on the website.
> To me, this smells somewhat like an "Xy problem" where one is asking
> about attempted solution rather than your actual problem.
> What might be more helpful to you and the rest of the community is to
> learn what you are trying to prevent / ensure by such a request.
> Best wishes,
> --
> Chris Lamb
> Open Source Initiative
> Email: chris.lamb at opensource.org
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