[License-discuss] Proposed license decision process
fw at deneb.enyo.de
Thu Dec 27 14:13:22 UTC 2018
* Lawrence Rosen:
> But let us nevertheless agree on a pragmatic definition of "open
> source software".
> “Open source software” means software actually distributed under terms
> that grant a copyright and patent license from all contributors to the
> software for every licensee to access and use the complete source
> code, make copies of the software or derivative works thereof and,
> without payment of royalties or other consideration, to distribute the
> unmodified or modified software.
I think “consideration” is a bad word, it's difficult to understand
for those of us who were not brought up in the English legal
I'd be worried that “no other consideration” would exclude copyleft
licenses, or more broadly speaking, licenses that use copyright as a
tool to get the licensee to perform any additional action that is not
inherently tied to exploitation of the copyright itself.
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