[License-review] Approval: Server Side Public License, Version 1 (SSPL v1)

Pamela Chestek pamela at chesteklegal.com
Sat Oct 20 01:33:15 UTC 2018

On 10/18/18 8:53 PM, VanL wrote:
> the entire purpose of the SSPL is to prevent competition to MongoDB by
> copies that would otherwise be lawful ...
Van, this is where you're losing me. What are the "lawful copies"? If
the licensee hasn't complied with the terms of the license, paragraph 13
in particular, then they don't have lawful copies. You point seems
circular to me.

If you're saying that paragraph 13 would not be construed as a
condition, then you're in contract territory - and I do agree with that
your impossibility argument will often be true. But then query whether
the licensee should be taking the license if they know they can't
comply. Wouldn't there a counterclaim for that? Fraudulent


Pamela S. Chestek
Chestek Legal
PO Box 2492
Raleigh, NC 27602
+1 919-800-8033
pamela at chesteklegal.com
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