Subject: Re: OSD #1 proposed change
From: "Karsten M. Self" <kmself@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 10:05:41 -0800
Mon, 19 Nov 2001 10:05:41 -0800
on Sun, Nov 18, 2001 at 07:02:55PM -0800, Chris D. Sloan (cds@cs.hmc.edu) wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 02:11:41PM -0800, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > on Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 12:58:54AM -0500, Forrest J. Cavalier III (mibsoft@mibsoftware.com)
wrote:
> > > bruce@perens.com wrote:
> [...]
> > > Currently OSD #1 reads:
> > >          The license shall not restrict any party from selling
> > >          or giving away the software as a component of an
> > >          aggregate software distribution containing programs
> > >          from several different sources. The license shall
> > >          not require a royalty or other fee for such sale.
> > > 
> > > I propose it be changed to:
> > >          The license shall not restrict any party from selling
> > >          or giving away copies of the software, either separately
> > >          or as a component of an aggregate software distribution
> > >          containing programs from several different sources. The
> > >          license shall not require a royalty or other fee to make
> > >          or use such copies.
> > 
> > I'm opposed to such a change until it's demonstrated that the existing
> > definition doesn't already achieve this effect.  I've posted my
> > rationale for suggesting it does.
> 
> If the OSD is not changed, then maybe the rationale should be posted
> to the website.  Your rationale depends on non-obvious (to me, at
> least) interpretation of the right to make derived works.  It might be
> useful to have that rationale available on the website near the OSD
> so that people to who don't read the list can figure it out too.  It
> could be something along the lines of a FAQ ("Does the OSD permit
> fee-per-use or shareware software?"  "No, because OSD#3...") although
> it probably doesn't belong in the existing FAQ since that one is more
> about open source than the OSD.

Good suggestion.

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