Subject: RE: JBoss aquired by Red Hat
From: "Lawrence Rosen" <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 21:40:56 -0700

> > How do you define "distributed"?
> 
> I don't define it.
> 
> I let lawyers do that.

Better still, in some cases the license defines it. See sections 5 and 14 of
OSL 3.0 (www.rosenlaw.com/OSL3.0.htm). 

/Larry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Tilly [mailto:btilly@gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 9:03 PM
> To: Anderson, Kelly
> Cc: fsb@crynwr.com
> Subject: Re: JBoss aquired by Red Hat
> 
> On 4/27/06, Anderson, Kelly <KAnderson@dentrix.com> wrote:
> > > > Ok, so the Navy has the code, but the airman firing the missle from
> > > > the aircraft carrier doesn't. Since it's been "distributed" to him,
> > > > isn't he entitled to the software under GPL terms?
> > >
> > > It hasn't been legally distributed to him.  He no more owns a
> > > copy of the binary than he owns the missile or aircraft
> > > carrier - the Navy does.  He is merely an employee using the
> > > Navy's property.
> >
> > Ah, this makes everything clear, sort of. Distributing means "ownership"
> > has somehow been transferred... I'll have to mull that over. How do you
> > define "distributed"?
> 
> I don't define it.
> 
> I let lawyers do that.
> 
> My understanding is that providing the software to an employee is not
> distributing it.  Providing it to a contractor may or may not be.
> Providing it to a contractor who then takes it off site pretty
> definitely is.
> 
> I freely admit that my understanding could be completely wrong.
> 
> Cheers,
> Ben