[License-discuss] Trigger for licensee obigations

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Sat Jun 29 18:46:57 UTC 2019

On Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 10:01 AM Pamela Chestek <pamela at chesteklegal.com>

> I assume you mean the AGPL, but only if the software has been modified.
> Under the CAL, one cannot simply run the software without the licensee
> having an obligation. Is it a principle of open source software that one
> should be able to simply run software free of any obligations?

Yes, you are right. I would strongly suggest that further attempts at CAL
and other licenses attempting to use public performance as a trigger to
source distribution require it *only for versions that are not already
publicly available in a well-publicized, permanent location. *This would
remove the obligation for the naive user. I don't want to directly couple
modification because it is too easy to split the modification and execution
between two legal entities. I would like language that always catches such


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