[License-review] OSD #9 would not make SSPL OSD-incompliant

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Tue Oct 23 19:15:19 UTC 2018


The OSD terms were not written for software-as-a-service. OSD #9 very
clearly states

The license must not place restrictions on other software that is
*distributed* along with the licensed software. For example, the license
must not insist that all other programs *distributed on the same medium*
must be open-source software.

Since software-as-a-service software is not distributed, OSD #9 doesn't
apply. Sorry. The document was written for another time and I could not
predict today's conditions.


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