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



On Mon, Mar 10, 2003 at 09:15:22PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Sample onerous conditions:
> 1) Pay money.
> 2) Send your changes back always.
> 3) Pay money on request.

"I'm broke and on a desert island, I can't do any of these."

> 4) Send your changes back on request.

"I'm broke and on a desert island, but I can do this if you cover my
 costs."

> We already reject (1), (2), and (3).  Why is (4) suddenly not rejected
> as onerous?  

Because it's not onerous if someone else covers your costs. In the same
way "You must give me your sources at cost if you give me your binaries"
isn't onerous.

> As the case of Fred the Lawyer makes clear, however, there are real
> people for which it is a real burden.

There are real people for whom the GPL is a real burden.

Cheers,
aj

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