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Re: DRAFT d-l summary of the OSL v2.0

On Thu, 22 Apr 2004, Humberto Massa wrote:
> >- Item #5 "External Deployment" places distribution-like burdens on
> >  deployment.  E.g., when the Work is made available over a network
> >  source must be distributed.  This amounts to forced distribution (DFSG
> >  ??).
> This fails the desert island test; if you just manage to put your site 
> "on the net" but could not put the source code, and is stuck now in the 
> desert island, without outbound connection, you can not comply.

By this reasoning the GPL fails the desert island test too--if you gave
someone a binary but couldn't provide the source code (so you gave them a
three year written offer instead), then got stuck on the island, you couldn't
follow through on the offer.

> The 
> desert island test is just a test against forced distribution IMHO.

A test against forced distribution is basically "you must be allowed to use the
software even if you don't want to distribute".

Intuitively, a desert island test (to me) seems to say "you must be allowed
to use the software even if you can't distribute", which isn't the same thing.

The dissident test is closer, but doesn't seem to fit, either.

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