[License-discuss] For Discussion: Cryptographic Autonomy License (CAL) Beta 2

VanL van.lindberg at gmail.com
Thu Aug 15 11:41:27 UTC 2019

Hi Bruce,

> Haven't you just very clearly characterized this term as a use
> restriction? And doesn't this way of stating it make it very clear it's in
> contravention of OSD #6? It would certainly be a field of endeavor to run
> the program for anyone but yourself, or for anything but a private purpose.

No, in fact this shows the opposite. The CAL's conditions trigger when
someone communicates a work, in whole or in part, to another person
(technically, a non-Affiliate third party).

If you do not put the work or some part of the work into another person's
hands, you can do literally anything you want with the software. Name it,
you can do it. No requirements, no obligations.

The use of "private" in this context reflects the concept that this broad
permission is personal to a licensee. Otherwise, if you distribute copies
of such a program... you must pass on to the recipient the same freedoms
that you received."


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