Re: Berkeley DB curious licensing practice
On Monday 28 October 2002 07:03, Bennett Todd wrote:
> The term "redistribution" in the Berkeley DB public license means
> your application is distributed to more than a single physical
> location. Installing copies of an application at different
> physical locations, whether they are customer sites or sites of a
> single organization, is redistribution.
> Examples of redistribution include:
> * Building an application that you install on your company's
> servers in data centers around the world.
> I.e. your right to use Berkeley DB for free for in-house projects is
> cancelled, and you're obliged to pay them, if your in-house project
> spans multiple physical sites within your company.
> My gut feeling is that this is discriminatory in intent, it doesn't
> have the flavour of DFSG, but I can't quite find anything explicit
> to use to say that this should be grounds for moving Berkeley DB
> into non-free.
Looking at various licenses over time people seem to define what they mean by
"redistribute" in the license as they see fit. I have even see people define
it as "commercial use". Since IANAL obviously I can not make a value
judgement but wanted to add a data point to consider.