Subject: Re: OSL 3.0: informing licensees of their rights
From: Arnoud Engelfriet <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 08:36:06 +0100

Sanjoy Mahajan wrote:
> > If you ask for source code from an OSL 3.0 licensor and he refuses,
> > you have a cause of action for breach of contract.
> You might not know that your licensor is using the OSL 3.0 since they
> don't have to state that in the work (e.g. executable or PDF file),
> only in its source.  Or am I misreading the license requirements?

You should never accept code without first knowing what the license
of that code is. So by the time you get the binary, you should know
that the code is OSL 3.0, and then you know you can ask source.


Arnoud Engelfriet, Dutch & European patent attorney - Speaking only for myself
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