Subject: Re: binary restrictions?
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 16:04:29 -0400 (EDT)

Ned Lilly writes:
 > Is anyone aware of a license which permits source access and
 > modifications, patch contributions, but restricts the right to
 > distribute compiled binaries to the sponsoring organization?

A binary is a derived work.  An open source license has to allow
distribution of binaries.  That's not to say that you can't create a
Source-Available license which prohibited binary distribution, but it
wouldn't be Open Source, and we wouldn't certify it.

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