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Re: BitTorrent Open Source License (Proposed Changes)

On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 08:55:33 -0700 Sean Kellogg wrote:

> > The Source Code for any version of Licensed
> > Product or Modifications that you distribute must remain available
> > for at least twelve (12) months after the date it initially became
> > available, or at least six (6) months after a subsequent version of
> > said Licensed Product or Modifications has been made available.  You
> > are responsible for ensuring that the Source Code version remains
> > available even if the Electronic Distribution Mechanism is
> > maintained by a third party.
> What's the concern here?  The GPL only requires that I provide a
> source  distribution method for three years (clause 3(b))...  why
> can't this license  only require source distribution for six months? 
> This change seems  unnecessary to pass under the DSFG if the GPL is
> acceptable.

The concern is that the BitTorrent Open Source License compells
distributors to
keep the source available for at least twelve months (or six, in case
they switch to a subsequent version) after they stop distributing the
Even if they distribute the source along with the binary!

GPLv2 clause 3b is instead an alternative to clause 3a. If you
distribute under clause 3a (as Debian does) you have no obligations
under clause 3b.
Actually clause 3b is a non-free path through the GPL: the GPL would
indeed be non-free, if it lacked clause 3a...

    :-(   This Universe is buggy! Where's the Creator's BTS?   ;-)
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