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Re: Non-Profit Open Software License 3.0

>From the Non-Profit OSL 3.0:

> 5) External Deployment. The term "External Deployment" means the use,
> distribution, or communication of the Original Work or Derivative Works
> in any way such that the Original Work or Derivative Works may be used
> by anyone other than You, whether those works are distributed or
> communicated to those persons or made available as an application
> intended for use over a network. As an express condition for the grants
> of license hereunder, You must treat any External Deployment by You of
> the Original Work or a Derivative Work as a distribution under section
> 1(c).

This clause is incompatible with the DFSG.  It was one of several
objections to OSL 2.0[1].  Objections[2] to sections 3, 6, 9, 11 and
12 also apply to this license and appear to match recent DFSG
interpretations (although the DFSG compatibility of choice of venue
and fee-shifting clauses are occasionally argued over).  Anthony
DeRobertis's post was part of a lengthy discussion[3] that may be
useful reference.

Michael Poole

[1]- http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/05/msg00118.html
[2]- http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/09/msg00220.html
[3]- from http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/09/msg00179.html

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