[License-review] For approval: The Cryptographic Autonomy License (Beta 4)

Pamela Chestek pamela at chesteklegal.com
Tue Dec 24 14:04:25 UTC 2019

On 12/18/19 1:56 PM, VanL wrote:
> 2. Do you feel that the CAL's combined work exception would also 
> enable liberally-licensed web apps in the traditional mode?

I read the CAL, or at least your intended scope of copyleft, to force 
the licensing of apps that run on Holochain to use an open source 
license and that they cannot be under a proprietary license. In your 
first iteration of the license, you were clear that making software that 
uses CAL-licensed APIs would be covered by the license. Therefore, if I 
distribute an application that uses the Holochain APIs but nothing more 
of Holochain that the APIs, then I am distributing a Modified Work. 
Section 4.1.2 say "You must provide to each Recipient of a Modified Work 
Access to Source Code corresponding to those portions of the Work 
remaining in the Modified Work as well as the modifications used by You 
to create the Modified Work. The Source Code corresponding to the 
modifications in the Modified Work must be provided to the Recipient 
either a) under this License, or b) under a Compatible Open Source 
License," with compatible open source license defined.

The Holochain website talks about doing things like running a social 
network client. Would that social network software have to be under an 
open source license?


Pamela S. Chestek
Chestek Legal
PO Box 2492
Raleigh, NC 27602
pamela at chesteklegal.com

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