[License-discuss] "Channelized" Open Source Licensing
peter at scylladb.com
Mon Oct 22 05:27:45 UTC 2018
Thanks for all the feedback folks.
On Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 6:02 PM Kyle Mitchell <kyle at kemitchell.com> wrote:
> On 2018-10-20 09:10, Florian Weimer wrote:
> > * Peter Corless:
> > > There seems to be a lot of buzz these days about licenses in the face
> > > cloud providers.
> > >
> > > I'd like to ask if anyone has considered, in this group, the concept
> of a
> > > 'channelized' license?
> > >
> > > Party A: An OSS developer.
> > > Party B: A cloud provider who hosting Party A's OSS, and is is charging
> > > Party C for this.
> > > Party C: A user, using Party A's software, which is hosted on Party
> > > cloud.
> > >
> > > Under current licensing, the OSS license is between Party A, and Party
> > > Party B really isn't modifying or contributing to Party A's OSS code
> > >
> > > Party C, meanwhile, can do whatever they want to the OSS, since they
> > > no legal license obligation back to Party A. Their access is provided
> > > through Party B. They could, theoretically, violate the license Party A
> > > distributed their software under, since they are just using it.
> > By definition, OSS licenses do not have a field-of-use restriction, so
> > it is impossible to violate the license just by using the software
> > (unless the act of running the software creates some for of derivative
> > work). Acts other than running the software typically require some
> > sort of license under copyright, and C can only get that on A's terms
> > (potentially as amended by B, but whether that's possible is really up
> > to A).
> The language of OSD 6:
> The license must not restrict anyone from making use of
> the program in a specific field of endeavor.
> The OSI has approved licenses that trigger copyleft
> conditions on kinds of use, alone (OSL) and with
> modifications (AGPL).
> OSL and AGPL licensees remain free to use the software for
> the endeavors of business, the military, genetic research,
> and so on. To use open licensing lingo, they aren't
> _restricted_ from using in those fields. But when doing so
> involves offering a network service, they have to mind and
> comply with the conditions such use may trigger.
> Kyle Mitchell, attorney // Oakland // (510) 712 - 0933
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