Subject: RE: Re: Question Regarding GPL
From: "David Dillard" <david_dillard@symantec.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2006 10:51:52 -0500

 Sat, 21 Jan 2006 10:51:52 -0500
Never mind, someone pointed out the error of my ways...
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Dillard [mailto:david dillard@symantec.com] 
> Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2006 10:36 AM
> To: lrosen@rosenlaw.com
> Cc: license-discuss@opensource.org
> Subject: RE: Re: Question Regarding GPL
> 
> > OSL 3.0 is not a license
> 
> The Open Software License is not a license?  Kind of a bad 
> name for it then...
> 
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Lawrence Rosen [mailto:lrosen@rosenlaw.com]
> > Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2006 1:05 AM
> > To: license-discuss@opensource.org
> > Subject: RE: Re: Question Regarding GPL
> > 
> > > > Read the OSL 3.0 language carefully. Actions other than
> > > those simply
> > > > aren't allowed by the license at all. Other verbs not
> > listed aren't
> > > > allowed, and those verbs that are listed "thereby" create
> > > derivative works.
> > > 
> > > I did, and the way that I read it suggests that there is no
> > permission
> > > for to someone re-implement your program, borrowing 
> enough creative 
> > > ideas from yours that the result is a derivative work under
> > copyright.
> > >  I'm trying to verify whether this is truly the case, and 
> if it is 
> > > then whether it is an oversight.
> > 
> > Not an oversight at all. OSL 3.0 is not a license (see the patent 
> > grant in 
> > 2) to create independent works. 
> > 
> > You may not need a license, of course. In the absence of a patent 
> > nothing whatsoever prohibits anyone from "borrowing ... ideas" to 
> > create an independent work, and the result is not a 
> derivative work. 
> > Only expression is protected by copyright.
> > 
> > /Larry
> > 
> > ** Lawrence Rosen
> > ** Rosenlaw & Einschlag, technology law offices
> > ** Stanford University School of Law, Lecturer in Law
> > ** 3001 King Ranch Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
> > ** 707-485-1242  *  fax: 707-485-1243
> > ** Author of "Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom
> > **    and Intellectual Property Law" (Prentice Hall 2004)
> > ** [www.rosenlaw.com]
> > 
> > 
>