Subject: Re: Antiwar License
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2003 21:21:13 -0500 (EST)

Sergey Goldgaber scripsit:

> Some licenses allow free use of the author's software by private
> individuals and non-profits, but require a fee to be paid by
> corporations.  Along similar lines, wouldn't it be possible to create a
> license prohibiting the use of one's software by the military, the
> Defense Department, and military contractors?

Sure it would, but it's not Open Source, which requires that a license
not discriminate against groups of people.  Some software has a license
provision preventing it from being used by the police of South Africa:
since the change of regime, that provision has been nothing but a

Open Source can't handle being hooked to political causes.

John Cowan     
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_
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