Re: Licensing issues for OVC production software...

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sat May 29 2004 - 18:43:29 CDT

Joe,

> On the liability side, we can place a standard disclaimer
> of warranty like that in the [BSD][bsd] license (or see
> the [UC example][uclic]) that will likely satisfy any institution
> worried about liability.
>
> [bsd]: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php
> [uclic]: http://www.ucop.edu/ott/permissn.html
>
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).

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?

Alan D.
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