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

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Tue Dec 4 20:33:38 UTC 2018

There is no problem if it's a request rather than a requirement. One can
hope that scientific ethics applies to the kind of folks who make SAAS out
of your software.



On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 11:54 AM <Simon.Cox at csiro.au> wrote:

> [Apologies - I subscribed in digest mode so my response to your initial
> comments was not threaded, and this won't be either - fixed now.]
> I guess what we are after is what you have referred to as a 'gesture'.
> Probably shouldn't have used the term 'obligation' in the subject line -
> I've been looking at the ODRL model, so am used to thinking in terms of
> permissions/restrictions/obligations.
> I'm fully aware that - as with pretty much all IP law - enforcement is up
> to us, so there is always a scalability challenge.  But mention within a
> license at least provides a starting point. In my initial post it appeared
> that I was jumping to a solution prior to laying out the requirement, so I
> attempted to clarify the use-case in a follow-up message.
> What would make our bosses happy (and thus willing to continue to support
> our contributions) would be: where a site uses our product as the primary
> basis for a publicly-available service, that a gesture of acknowledgment is
> publicly-visible. In non-legal English something like "if you use this
> software as the primary basis for a service with a publicly visible UI,
> even if under a new skin, whatever, then please acknowledge us on or around
> your landing page. Our preference would be that you display [this logo]
> with a link to [our webpage]".
> A standard-ish formulation would be nice.
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