Re: Open Compatibility License (was: Re: 2 questions about leocad)
On Sun, Sep 24, 2000 at 10:00:56AM -0500, Pat Mahoney wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 22, 2000 at 11:44:06PM -0500, David Starner wrote:
> > > Again, any thoughts on the Open Compatibility License (other than the
> > > fact that it has the same abbrev. as the Open Content License)?
> > It's ugly, but I think it's DFSG-free from my read-through. You might want
> > to point out that "provided these projects are covered by a open-source
> > license" is meaningless, as that license could be BSD, which would allow
> > it to be taken propriatery. Better yet, if you can, get him to put it
> > under a real license.
> Ok, how about GPL with an added clause that you must "ask permission" from
> the author to distribute modified versions? This opens the door to possible
> discriminations, but not necessarily, so is it still DFSG?
> I am betting that it is so close to the line as to push it over into
So close? In another state. The DFSG requires the right to modify
and redistribute without asking permission as one of its basic rights.
> I think a clause that required one to merely notify the author of modified
> distribution would not violate the DFSG?
I think we decided it did in Vim's case, and a couple others. Vim's license
If you distribute a modified version of Vim, you are encouraged to send the
maintainer a copy, including the source code. Or make it available to the
maintainer through ftp; let him know where it can be found. If the number of
changes is small (e.g., a modified Makefile) e-mailing the diffs will do.
When the maintainer asks for it (in any way) you must make your changes,
including source code, available to him.
I'm not sure that a modified GPL will be any better than the current license.
This is probably one of the most tedious things about the DFSG/Open Source:
trying to negotiate a license with an author who really doesn't want a
DFSG-free/Open Source license, but wants the advantages that come with it.
David Starner - firstname.lastname@example.org
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