[License-review] Request for Approval of NO NONSENSE OPEN SOURCE LICENSE
love.nystrom at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 16:15:21 UTC 2012
On 2012-06-08 22.03, Karl Fogel wrote:
> Love Nystrom<love.nystrom at gmail.com> writes:
>> I submit a request for OSI review and approval of this "No Nonsense
>> Open Source License".
>> This license is a direct derivative of the BSD 3-clause license, with
>> the addition of a 4th clause specifically prohibiting a 3rd party to
>> charge for the original work.
> Such a clause makes the license non-open-source, and violates at least clause 6
> ("No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor") of the Open Source
> Definition (http://opensource.org/docs/osd).
Then I find the definition of Open Source to be strange indeed.
Common logic would have it that open source means you have access to the
and can make modifications to your liking if you have the capability.
If "field of endeavor" means dealing commercially in the software
unmodified, I don't agree
that it discriminates such activity, it just means they have to
communicate with the original
authors first (share the gain). And if they actually provide software
binaries or modified versions
that are not available at the source, they are not dealing the original
work, they are dealing a
value added service, which the 4th clause explicitly permits without
However, if "field of endeavor" is scr*wing some authors over, so to
speak, I agree.
>> There is good reason for such a clause, in light of some horrific
>> examples seen recently in the Open Source software community, where a
>> 3d party have charged 100s of dollars for open source software, with
>> little or no derivative efforts of their own.
> Open source does not (and can not) prohibit undeserved commercial gain.
> As long as the terms of the original software's license are complied
> with, including any attribution requirements and license notice
> requirements, people are free to charge whatever unjustified amount they
> wish for providing a copy of the software. If they can find customers
> willing to pay that amount, that's between them and the customer.
I think that's wrong!
Customers (the general public) are ignorant, and cannot be expected to know
that some software they like is available for free as Open Source.
> In open source, people are allowed to extract unearned profit, so long
> as they do not interfere with others' freedoms in ways that violate the
> open source license.
What is the reason Open Source can not try to promote decency in this
Why must open source imply that a 3rd party is free to extract
from work, not only software, that the original authors have provided ?
> Open source does not remove all injustice from the world. It merely
> provides a framework in which people can reliably exercise a certian set
> of freedoms, if they choose to.
Yes, of course it does not remove all injustice, nor could it be
However, I'm suggesting is that it could try to promote decent behavior
in it's particular field.
Why can't we have one more clause, that tries to promote giving the
authors a decent share ?
The source is still available after all, and i do not agree that such a
discriminate against any field of endeavor, unless the field of endeavor is
specifically to extract undeserved profit from the work of others.
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