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Re: Non-Profit Open Software License 3.0

Sune Vuorela wrote:
> On 2008-03-28, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter@stpeter.im> wrote:
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>> Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
>>> It seems that the IETF Trust uses the "Non-Profit Open Software License
>>> 3.0" to license code written as work-for-hire under the auspices of the
>>> IETF (presumably this applies to efforts like the IETF Tools Team).
>>> The text of the license follows, as extracted from the PDF file linked
>>> to from <http://trustee.ietf.org/licenses.html>.
>>> Comments are welcome as to whether this license is DFSG-compliant.
>> At the least, 1(c) seems problematic:
>>> 1) Grant of Copyright License. Licensor grants You a worldwide,
>>> royalty-free, non-exclusive, sublicensable license, for the duration of
>>> the copyright, to do the following:
>> ...
>>> c) to distribute or communicate copies of the Original Work and
>>> Derivative Works to the public, with the proviso that copies of Original
>>> Work or Derivative Works that You distribute or communicate shall be
>>> licensed under this Non-Profit Open Software License or as provided in
>>> section 17(d);
> Isn't that just plain copyleft?

Yes, but do you want your code to be copylefted into using this license
instead of GPL or whatever?

But it's probably too early to tell whether IETF folks suggest that this
license be used for code found in RFCs, so there's no reason to panic
just yet. :)


Peter Saint-Andre

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