Binaries and the Open Software License

Eugene Wee eugenew at
Wed Feb 2 17:22:21 UTC 2005

Hi rich,

I had the impression that "Original Work" could also refer to the 
executable forms of the program.

This makes sense in view that there is a definition:
"Source Code" means the preferred form of the Original Work for making 
modifications to it and all available documentation describing how to 
modify the Original Work

Followed by its use in:
machine-readable copy of the Source Code of the Original Work along with 
each copy of the Original Work

If this is indeed the case, then OSL sections 1 and 2 would permit the 
end user "to run or copy the application binary".

Eugene Wee
...Disclaimers IANAL, TINLA, etc apply.

rich apodaca wrote:
> I can't find any reference in the OSL v2.1 to allowing
> the licencee to use binaries or bytecode generated
> from the licenced source code.
> Let's say I develop a word processor and release it
> under the OSL. One package I distribute is intended
> for end users only and consists of a binary with the
> licensing agreement and a notification of where the
> source code is located.
> What provision in the OSL gives an end user the right
> to run or copy the application binary? They clearly
> have a licence to the source code, but do they have
> any rights to copy or run the binary representation of
> that code?
> If yes, then where in the licence (or legal precedent)
> are these rights granted?
> thanks in advance,
> rich
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