BXAPL - request for comments

Lawrence E. Rosen lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Sun Oct 27 17:10:41 UTC 2002

Abe Kornelis wrote:
> However, it does not distinguish between software and 
> programming tools, nor does it distinguish between derived 
> software and what we have termed 'dependent software', which 
> is termed in the LGPL as 'software that uses the Software'.
> In the rationale for the BXAPL we have named 8 requirements 
> that our license would need to fulfill. Since you tried 
> offered your OSL1.1 as an alternative, I'll go over them 1 by 1.
> A) Programming tools and dependent software versus other software
>      and derivatives. I have found no mention of this 
> distinction in your
>      OSL.

The OSL doesn't need to distinguish among these because it relies on the
statutory definition of derivative works.  In my view, the OSL has the
same effect as both the GPL and the LGPL.  One license instead of two!

> B) Copyrights of Modifications to be passed to Copyright Holder.
>      Found no mention of such a requirement in the OSL.

The requirement that downstream licensees who modify the software assign
their copyrights to the licensor is entirely unacceptable.  Why do you
need that?  The OSL is fully enforceable by the licensor even if he
doesn't own the copyrights.  (This is not true for the GPL or LGPL!)

> C) Copyrights and Patent rights. Ok.
> D) Disallow object-only distros. I assume section 3 of the OSL
>      settles that.

Yes it does.  

> E) Recognizability of modifications. Not mentioned in OSL.

Take a look at section 6 in www.rosenlaw.com/osl1.1.html.

> F) Dual licensing. Section 4, right?

Any licensor can license his software under any license (or licenses) he
wants.  Of course, if he is licensing a derivative work of someone
else's software, he must honor the requirements of THAT license.  If he
is licensing a derivative work of OSL-licensed software, he can only use
the OSL.  The same is true for the GPL.

> G) Applicable law. Ok, section 11.

> H) Local langauages. Found no mention of such things.

I'm going to get translations of the OSL.

> A quick count that the OSL covers 50% of our requirements.
> So, thanks again, but I will stick with my own license.

Entirely up to you.  But if you insist on your point B, above, I'll
recommend disapproval of your license.  I should also note that,
although this is not legal advice nor intended to create an
attorney-client relationship with you, I believe several sections of
your license are probably unenforceable and of dubious legal effect.  In
particular, your claim that your license is not a contract is legal


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