Re: OSD && DFSG convergence
On Mon, Jan 27, 2003 at 02:18:10PM -0500, Russell Nelson wrote:
> Free Redistribution
> The license of a Debian component may not restrict any party from
> selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate
> software distribution containing programs from several different
> sources. The license may not require a royalty or other fee for
> such sale.
> Nothing in this prevents a license from requiring click-wrap.
> Derived Works
> The license must allow modifications and derived works, and must
> allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license
> of the original software.
> Nothing in this prevents a license from requiring click-wrap. You can
> modify the software as much as you want. When you distribute the
> software, the terms of the license require that you acquire
> affirmative agreement with the license. Same terms.
I think you're trying to have it both ways here. If the license
stipulates a need to "acquire affirmative agreement
with the license" as a condition of distribution, then that's a
restriction on giving away the software. If the license allows
free distribution but specifies that the software must acquire
this agreement when it's run, then that's a restriction on
distribution of derived works.
In other words, a click-wrap license may be able to meet these
guidelines individually, but not both at once.