For approval: MXM Public license
nelson at crynwr.com
Fri Apr 10 15:26:38 UTC 2009
OSI review writes:
> However, the sad truth is that if we did not offer a patent-agnostic
> license we would have made all efforts to have an open source reference
> implementation moot.
That's fair enough. The world isn't a perfect place, and not
everybody who wants a pony is going to get one. This license
obviously does not comply with the Open Source Definition's term #7,
Distribution of License.
But I don't mean to discourage you from having an reference
implementation under glass. You can call it Shared Source, or
Read-Only Source, or I prefer Source-Available Software. But it's not
> I have insisted and obtained, however, that an explicit patent covenant
> be inserted, to the effect to exclude from any patent concern all who
> don't distribute the compiled version of the software and to those who
> compile it only for internal purposes without direct commercial
> exploitation. This covenant being irrevocable, unconditioned and
> detached from the copyright licensing conditions.
You would get more traction if you gave a patent covenant to everyone
who used an OSI-Approved open-source license. It *still* wouldn't be
open source, but at least the idea wouldn't be dead on the vine in the
open source community.
--my blog is at http://blog.russnelson.com
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