Re: Licensing issues for OVC production software...

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun Jun 06 2004 - 13:46:50 CDT

Alan,

> It says, "Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and
> its documentation for educational, research and non-profit purposes, without
> fee..." If our vendors sign contracts with jurisdictions to deliver the
> voting system that includes OVC software, they are expecting to make a
> profit. Would this conflict with this particular part of the UC statement?
> Alternatively, I suppose, the vendor is not really using our software: the
> county is using our software clearly for a non-profit purpose (voting).

To avoid this, if UC wants wording similar to the BSD license, it
would be better to choose *the* BSD license as opposed to that
thing[1] I pointed to.

[1] http://www.ucop.edu/ott/permissn.html

> Also, what if the OVC charges for the CDs on which we provide the software?
> For example, we could give one CD to Sacramento County and have them burn
> 7,000 copies for an election. Or, we could sell them 7,000 CDs (including
> our logo, proof of authenticity, etc.) with the software on it. I wonder
> what we can charge for the 7,000 CDs? Strictly our cost for manufacturing?
> Can we charge more than that to cover not only direct costs but cover some
> of our overhead?

I would suggest more of a services-based model... although any of the
licensing options mentioned would not preclude charging for the
software (The GPL, contrary to what many believe, allows charging for
the software... however, that's slightly pointless in most cases as if
you're delivering the object and source code under a GPL license,
there's nothing that says the recipient can't copy the CDs for free...
outside of trademark law, etc... take a look at what RedHat does with
there distro licensing[2]).

[2] http://www.redhat.com/licenses/rhl_9_per_us.html?country=United+States&

-- 
Joseph Lorenzo Hall
UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
http://pobox.com/~joehall/
blog: http://pobox.com/~joehall/nqb/
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