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Re: LPPL and non-discrimination

On Tue, May 06, 2003 at 07:34:21PM -0400, Jeremy Hankins wrote:
> >> Must modifications be under the ABC-DFL?  If so, it's non-free
> >> because to modify it you must agree that ABC can use your code in
> >> their proprietary stuff.  Is this what you're getting at?

What about a license like the GPL, without the source distribution requirement?

It essentially would be a license that requires that your modifications
(if you choose to distribute their source) be usable in their proprietary
stuff, since you couldn't tack on a source distribution clause (which is
what prevents GPL code from being used proprietarily).  It'd be strange
to consider this DFSG-unfree, as it's mostly[1] more permissive than the GPL.

Of course, a license that limits this to a specific company would be extremely
obnoxious, and certainly feels unfree, but what makes it different from the

[1] Not entirely: not being able to readd the source distribution requirement
is itself a restriction, so it'd be GPL-incompatible.

Glenn Maynard

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