[License-review] License Committee Report - for board meeting of 2013-04-03

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Thu Mar 28 17:20:15 UTC 2013

On 28/03/13 17:16, Hadrien G. wrote:
> * Redistributions in any form must be accompanied by information on how
> to obtain complete source code for the software, and any accompanying
> work that is based on it. Source code must either be included in the
> distribution, or be available for no more than the cost of its
> distribution. For an executable file, complete source code means the
> source code for all modules it contains, save for modules or files that
> are typically provided with the operating system on which the executable
> file runs.

What is to prevent me from supplying the source code to you, as required
by this clause, but under non-open-source terms, e.g. "you can look but
not compile or modify"? There's nothing here which says "under the terms
of this licence".

Or is that a design feature?

Perhaps it would be wise to do license design using a) software which
tracks changes, and b) on a site where you can also post your design
goals? We seem to be re-inventing parts of the BSD Protection License
and parts of the GPL here.


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