Re: Bug#227159: ocaml: Worse, the QPL is not DFSG-free
On Mon, Jul 19, 2004 at 03:04:13PM -0800, D. Starner wrote:
> > not wanting to give the modification back to upstream and thus
> > to the community at large.
> I'm happy giving back to the community at large. I'm not happy
> giving back to anyone who demands the capability to take my
> modifications proprietary, especially not if they won't give
> me the same options.
Well, nobody is forcing you to use his code if you don't like the conditions,
and you seem to be quite happy to take it in the first place, so ...
Notice also, that the clause 6 at hand is not about modified versions of the
software, but about programs and stuff linking to it or modified versions of
And seriously, apart from your prudish dislike, does it affect you in any way
to give back said code ? If you do so, you have to :
a) give the source code to the recipient of the binary, same as GPL.
b) you must allow the recipient of binary to get right to modify and
redistribute it, same as GPL.
c) you must, upon request and when you are distributing it to someone else,
also send the binary to upstream with the same conditions as above.
Nowhere does it say that upstream can thus incorporate this changes (and they
are third party tools linked to the library) in a proprietary way, at least
not in clause 6 which is mentioned here. And as far as ocaml is concerned, it
is no library, but a compiler suite, and you don't link to it anyway, so the
point is moot, really.