Advertising Clauses in Licenses

Forrest J. Cavalier III mibsoft at
Mon Feb 11 12:56:14 UTC 2002

Russell Nelson <nelson at> wrote (in part)

> There is much in the OSD which is insufficiently explicit.  For
> example, we have maintained that there are no possible restrictions
> a license could put on users, because there is no possible mechanism
> one could use to constraint them, because no approved license can
> require that the user execute a license (OSD#7).

I think it is a problem that "execute a license" is not defined.

As far as I can tell, the GPL is indeed a license.  And making
a modified version, or distributing a copy, binds you to the
license.  Isn't that executing a license?

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