[License-discuss] documentation on un-enforceability of ethical licenses? (was Re: License Review Request - Anu Initiative

Jim Jagielski jim at jimjag.com
Tue Feb 6 16:38:12 UTC 2024

> On Feb 6, 2024, at 10:39 AM, Stefano Maffulli <stefano at opensource.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 6, 2024 at 4:18 PM Daniel Mihai <daniel at anuinitiative.org <mailto:daniel at anuinitiative.org>> wrote:
>> We are happy to remove the restriction of use for positive ecological conservation and sustainability, yet we are not happy to allow usage of the product for means that significantly harms the environment - as this would go against our companies values/mission/vision.
> I and many people I'm sure are sympathetic with your intentions. But there is one fundamental problem with your approach: It will never work. You can write anything you want in your license but that doesn't mean that you will be able to enforce what you wrote.

Sure he can. He can at least _try_ to :)

> And I'm not aware of any way to restrict the field of use of software while respecting the Open Source Definition.

Especially since the OSD explicitly forbids FOU restrictions.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-discuss_lists.opensource.org/attachments/20240206/961743a4/attachment.html>

More information about the License-discuss mailing list