Re: Poly/ML license
Mahesh T. Pai wrote:
> > 4. The copyright and other intellectual property rights of
> > whatever nature in any improvements, enhancements or modifications
> > to the source code of the Software or which necessitate access to
> > the source code of the Software in order to be compiled into a
> > functioning binary form and which are made by the Licensee ("the
> > Improvements") shall vest in and be and remain the property of the
> > Licensee.
> This means, if you modify the program, the copyright in *your*
> modifications vests in the licensor and operates as assignment of
Perhaps I'm overlooking something, but to me the clause says that
all Improvements "shall vest in and remain the property of the
LICENSEE". In other words, if you make modifications, they remain yours.
> > 5. The Licensee grants to the Licensor in good faith a
> > non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to use any Improvements with
> > the right to grant sub-licences to any existing or future licensees
> > of the Software.
You have to license your modifications to the LICENSOR (the original
author). They can then do whatever they want with them ("grant
> That is the right to distribute modified and unmodified copies. Fine.
How did you come to that conclusion? It doesn't talk about
distribution at all.
The clause does not even require a licensee to license other
licensees for access to his improvements.
Effectively, these clauses say "you must send us all your
improvements and license us to do whatever we want with them."
Arnoud Engelfriet, Dutch patent attorney - Speaking only for myself
Patents, copyright and IPR explained for techies: http://www.iusmentis.com/