Subject: A new "use" clause in the OSD
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: 6 Aug 2002 14:40:49 -0000

We need to introduce a new clause into the OSD.  The new clause must
specify what restrictions on user activity are allowed.  Here is my

OSD#11: A license must not restrict the use or modification of the
software in any way except the following: it may disclaim warranties,
it may grant limited patent use rights, it may specify arbitration, it
may suspend use rights if the user sues for patent infringement, and
it may prohibit modifications which remove legal information.

Whether this is accompanied by an acceptance ceremony
(e.g. click-wrap) is a different subject.  This needs to be added to
forestall any number of unattractive terms such as those showing up in 
Microsoft EULA's and which are not otherwise prohibited by the OSD now.

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