Subject: Re: For Approval: NASA Open Source Agreement Version 1.1
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 15:53:31 -0500

Alex Rousskov writes:
 > 	- If NASA wants to kindly ask users to register, license is
 > 	  not the right place to do that. NASA should change the
 > 	  license before OSI approves it (a simple quality control
 > 	  issue)

On the other hand, if NASA wants to require redistributors to kindly
ask users to register, the license is the right place to do that.
Consider that the GPL REQUIRES that an interactive startup of a
program print out a certain bit of text.  You cannot remove that code
from the program without violating the GPL.  NASA isn't requiring any
fixed bits of code that cannot be changed.  Requiring redistributors
to ask is not unreasonable, and doesn't violate any part of the OSD
that I can see.

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