For approval: MXM Public license

Richard Fontana rfontana at
Wed Apr 8 18:38:58 UTC 2009

On Wed, 8 Apr 2009 11:16:55 -0700
"Lawrence Rosen" <lrosen at> wrote:

> Richard Fontana wrote:
> > Perhaps the OSD ought to be revised to prevent one from calling
> > software "Open Source" if the licensor's grant of rights is
> > contradicted by more or less simultaneous actions by that licensor
> > (using copyright law, patent law, or otherwise).
> What about OSD 7, "Distribution of License": 
>    The rights attached to the program must apply to all 
>    to whom the program is redistributed without the need
>    for execution of an additional license by those parties.
> I read this as covering the MXM situation, unless under MXM "the
> rights attached to the program" do not include the rights to make and
> distribute free open source copies and derivative works, in which
> case the MXM violates other parts of the OSD. Why should it matter if
> the violation is explicit or implicit?

Possibly. I had overlooked that. I am not sure how to read "the rights
attached to the program". 

The OSI's annotated OSD
gives the example of requiring a separate NDA, which seems analogous.

 - RF

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