question before attempting an update on AFL

Cengiz Gunay cgunay at
Thu Oct 30 00:24:10 UTC 2008

Thanks for the quick replies. My answers are below.

On Wed, 29 Oct 2008, Thorsten Glaser wrote:

> >> [CG:] But now I need something that AFAIK none of the existing OSI licenses
> >> offer: an obligation to cite one of my scientific publications about the
> >> toolbox in publications resulting from the use of my toolbox.
> >
> >[LR:] Such an "obligation" is contrary to open source principles. No open
> >source license can require that. You can always request a citation, though;
> >see below.
> [TG:] I tend to disagree: this is the classical case of BSD advertising 
> clauses, with only very slight modifications to the way it’s used/mandated but not
> to the spirit behind it.

[CG:] Looking at the recently OSI-approved CPAL license, I disagree, too. 
The CPAL *requires* any CPAL-licensed software with a GUI to include 
attribution information in a splash screen or in the About section. Maybe 
I'm not able to see the difference in my proposal, though.

I understand that the word "obligation" may be too strong. It could be 
replaced with "required" if that makes any difference.

Cengiz Gunay
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