[License-discuss] Intimacy in open source (SSPL and AGPL)

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Wed Jan 23 04:17:07 UTC 2019

On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 8:02 PM Lawrence Rosen <lrosen at rosenlaw.com> wrote:

> What particular architectural design do you recommend? I want an
> architecture that always permits a programmer to implement her own software
> in accordance with a published API, under any FOSS or proprietary license
> she chooses, and thereby let her software become intimate with some other
> open source software.
> No FOSS license that prohibits that is truly open source!
> <http://lists.opensource.org/mailman/listinfo/license-discuss_lists.opensource.org>
> Oh, come on, Larry. If you want to write software and combine it with
software under a license that is clearly intended to *prevent *combination
with proprietary software, you are entirely free to use their API under a
license compatible with their chosen one and release it as their terms
require. There is nothing about Open Source that says they have to give a
free ride to anyone, no less deep-pocket companies that are extremely
jealous of their *own *intellectual property rights.

If you want to make a product, I will discuss with you how to resolve the
issue for the particular problem you have, which mostly means you *won't *be
creating a derivative work of any kind, but will be architecting a bright
line between the free and proprietary pieces that would be extremely clear
to any court.


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