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Re: OSD && DFSG - different purposes - constructive suggestion!

Thomas Bushnell, BSG said:
> Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:
>> Sure. Compare this to some code using the GPL; same sort of
>> information, same problem with it: their trade secrets are woven into
>> the functionality of the code itself. If one of your customers is a
>> competitor, or a competitor buys out a user, any requirement to
>> distribute source to your users makes it non-viable to use the
>> software for certain applications which are, eg, protected by
>> BSD-style licenses.
> Except the GPL doesn't force you to share your secrets, ever.  You can
> share them with exactly the people you want to share them with, and you
> are never obligated to share them with person X just because you shared
> them with person Y.

I don't quite understand how you get this from the GPL.

(Assumption: you give binaries to Y, but only a written offer for source,
since it's "your secret".  You'll give them to Y if they ask for them)

The "offer to any third party" in Clause 3 seems to mean that if Y gives
your binaries to X (in a non-commercial manner), you must give the source
to X (sharing your secrets)

If you try to restrict Y's freedom to give the binaries away, then you run
afoul of Clause 6 (no other restrictions)


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