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- Subject: Re: Licensing question
- From: John Belmonte <jvb@...>
- Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 13:07:48 +0900
We are considering switching Lua license to a standard license, but we
cannot find a suitable one. Maybe we do not understand them, but it seems
to us that none of the "usual" licenses cover the kind of problems we
are having with the current license (besides the FSF sanction):
- expat (or MIT) license: "The above copyright notice and this
permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial
portions of the Software." Again, how does that apply to binary
From my understanding of things, you cannot put a restriction on the
contents of the binary (such as requiring it to contain some
identification). The reason is that to do so you are conflicting with
the user's permission to "modify the software without limitation" (that
is, remove the lines of code that produce the identification). So the
only way to comply with the license is to include the copyright notice
and permission with the distribution but outside of the binary.
Apparently others are also interested in having this spelled out,
looking at the University of Illinous OSL
(http://opensource.org/licenses/UoI-NCSA.html). However that license is
also relatively new and hasn't been reviewed for GPL compatibility.
OpenPGP encrypted mail welcome.