Subject: Re: OVPL & "Otherwise Make Available" (was RE: Change ot topic,back to OVPL)
From: Ernest Prabhakar <>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 10:11:41 -0700

On Aug 26, 2005, at 7:32 AM, Lawrence Rosen wrote:
>>> If I relay my mail through an OVPL licensed SMTP server, does that
>>> mean the software was "Otherwise Made Available" to me?
>> Yes, I think so. Ditto "externally deployed" as far as the
>> OSL is concerned in my opinion. The licensor has let a third
>> party (you) use the software.
>> This triggers the obligation to provide source under both licenses.
> Nope. External deployment occurs in the OSL when the software is  
> "used by
> anyone other than You," not when it merely delivers email to those  
> people.

I wonder if the term "external deployment" is a much clearer synonym  
for "distribution" that might help resolve this ambiguity.

-- Ernie P.