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

VanL van.lindberg at gmail.com
Thu Dec 26 22:58:17 UTC 2019

Hi Pam,

Sorry for the late reply.

On Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 8:05 AM Pamela Chestek <pamela at chesteklegal.com>

> 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?

This comes down to the licensor's choice. If the licensor used the CAL
without the Combined Works Exception, then this would have the effect of
ensuring that the software stayed open source - modulo standard copyright
rules that would tend to allow different licenses as the link between the
CAL-licensed framework and other software became more attenuated.

In the case of Holochain, Holo intends to use the Combined Works exception
to allow differently-licensed software "on top" of the CAL-licensed
framework. As an analogy, think of the external vs. internal interfaces
split already used in the Linux kernel.

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