question about free-software licenses
Thomas suggested that you might have information about the
significance of the DFARS clause in free-software licenses.
Specifically, I am trying to figure out whether
All Rights Reserved. RESTRICTED RIGHTS LEGEND: Use,
duplication, or disclosure by the government is subject
to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c) (1) (ii)
of the Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software
Clause at DFARS 252.227-7013 (Oct. 1988) and FAR
52.227-19(c) (June 1987).
in a BSD/MIT-style license (the remainder of the actual license reads
You may use the software internally, modify it, make
copies and distribute the software to third parties,
including redistribution for profit, provided each copy
of the software you make contains the copyright notice
set forth above, the disclaimer below, and the authorship
) is compatible with points 5 and 6 of the Debian Free Software Guidelines:
5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
The license must not discriminate against any person or group
6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the
program in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may
not restrict the program from being used in a business, or
from being used for genetic research.
The conclusion so far on debian-legal is that the DFARS clause simply
annuls most of the extra rights that US copyright law ordinarily
grants to the government, and so is not discriminating *against* the
government. One could argue that it discriminates against everybody
else, but on the other hand that such discrimination results not from
the license but from US copyright law, and that the license simply
does what it can to make things fairer.
Thanks in advance for any information you can provide on this matter.
Aaron M. Ucko, KB1CJC <email@example.com> (finger firstname.lastname@example.org)