[License-discuss] For Public Comment: The Libre Source License

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Wed Aug 14 20:45:17 UTC 2019

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 12:47 PM Bruce Perens via License-discuss <
license-discuss at lists.opensource.org> wrote:

The OSD rules don't protect your private activities from the terms of Open
> Source licenses.

I think that OSD #3 does exactly that.  "The license must allow
modifications and derived works [...]"  A license that even conditionally
forbids those activities is not, on my reading, an open source license.

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
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my theory."  Latin students think "'Probat' means 'tests': the exception
the rule to the proof."  But legal historians know it means "Evidence for an
exception is evidence of the existence of a rule in cases not excepted
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