Re: evmpl license

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed Sep 10 2003 - 12:28:19 CDT

|On Tuesday, September 9, 2003, at 09:31 PM, Clay Lenhart wrote:
|> <changed>Using the software for voting purposes is considered
|> "distribution of software" under this agreement. All rights and
|> restrictions must be obeyed as if the software were actually
|> distributed.</changed>

"Douglas W. Jones" <> wrote:
|I agree with this suggested addition. You are indeed right to note
|that my original proposal would have let someone put EVMPL code in
|a voting application and release only the original code, retaining as
|proprietary the diffs between it and the version in actual use.

I wanted to see how Doug felt about Clay's clause before chiming in.
Dr. Jones was the impetus for the license tuning, so I want to follow
his guidance on any further revisions.

I think we should narrow Clay's proposed clause slightly. Specifically,
"voting purposes" is probably broader than we need. For example, some
interested people off-list have asked whether our software would be
usable for a school election, or neighborhood association election (Yes,
obviously). In those cases, the strict audit requirements don't come
into play.

We probably get closer to the intended effect by making the clause
"Using the software for GOVERNMENTAL voting purposes...". But maybe a
different modifier is better. Of course, if the vendor -distributes-
the software/hardward to polling places, it at least arguably
constitutes distribution, even without any clause. But I am on-board
with making that question quite explicitly answered.

Yours, David...

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