Advertising Clauses in Licenses

Bruce Perens bruce at
Mon Feb 11 16:59:46 UTC 2002

From: Russell Nelson <nelson at>
> 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).

People should be able to understand the OSD. Sigh. This all turned out to
be a lot more complicated than we were thinking back in 1997.

And yes, thanks, of course nothing about this happens without a very
broad consultation.


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