[License-review] Approval: Server Side Public License, Version 2 (SSPL v2)

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Thu Dec 27 12:15:50 UTC 2018

* Eliot Horowitz:

> In this version, we have made several significant substantive changes in
> Section 13, we well as certain conforming and non-substantive changes.

Let me try once more:

Would you please clarify what the term “service” in section 13 means?
I'm not familiar with U.S. commercial law, but I think “service” has a
pre-existing meaning (see “support service” elsewhere in the license).
As I tried to explain before, providing pre-built binaries (and
ensuring their long-term availability and usability) is probably the
most common service sold in relation to free software.  I do not know
of any organization that provides this service using free software
only (in the sense that they would be able to distribute the
corresponding source code of everything they use to implement this

I'm probably not the only one who wonders whether you are trying to
use the SSPL to stop downstream organizatons from providing pre-built
binaries.  Your FAQ mostly talks about *users* distributing the
software, so it does not help to settle this question.  From a
business perspective, either answer could make sense, I think.

This is of course not the only open question about the license, but
it's something you should be able to answer here or in your FAQ.

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