EVMPL license

From: Clay Lenhart <clay_at_lenharts_dot_net>
Date: Mon Nov 24 2003 - 22:16:07 CST

I was going through the archives, and this thread seemed to die.

http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/September.2003/0019.html

The concern is that the license does not require the gov agency to
release the whole source code that was used in the election, but just
the revision comments.

Here was the last proposed change to the license:

"Using the software for elections for public office or votes on public
measures is considered "distribution of software" under this agreement.
All rights and restrictions must be obeyed as if the software were
actually distributed."

One person felt that by using the software in the election is equal to
distribution under the GPL. I feel this is questionable legally and
certainly untested. We should not take this risk when we can clarify
our intentions now.

It will become more and more difficult to change the license as each
developer holds the copyright for the code they contributed and they
(presumally) release the source code under the current version of the
EVMPL license. In order to change the license on existing code, you
would have to get permission from all the developers. Lets not delay
changing the license so that this task is still possible.

Also we need to make sure everyone is submitting their code under the
EVMPL license.

-Clay
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