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Re: [DotGNU]Re: proposal: DotGNU Trademark License

From: DrDiettrich
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Re: proposal: DotGNU Trademark License
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2003 17:22:03 +0200

Norbert Bollow wrote:
>    (b) You must provide your customers with a written offer, valid for
>        at least three years, to give them upon request, at no extra
>        charge, on a medium customarily used for software interchange,
>        licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License,
>        a complete machine-readable copy of the source code of the
>        webservice program plus any compilers and libraries which are
>        needed to translate the webservice program into executable
>        form.

This description IMO is not appropriate. At least the term "compilers"
must be extended into all tools (and everything else), which are
required to build the program. Since the build process for a program is
heavily platform dependent, the provider of the service should not be
burdened with such details. Instead everything, which is required to
build the program, should be freely available from some trusted source,
under <above> conditions. For the program specific items a similar
delegation to a trusted source should be possible, which can guarantee
the availability of all components independently from the service
provider. If the service provider "dies" before the time mentioned
above, whom would anybody hold liable then?

The intention should be to guarantee a recompilation of the service,
independently from the service provider. Any specification of
what-must-be-provided can be used to make the build process dependent on
something which is not explicitly mentioned. I also would replace
"provide" by "make available".


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