Collaborative Virtual Workspace License (CVW)

João Miguel Neves joao at
Wed Aug 22 09:17:14 UTC 2001

On 18 Aug 2001 18:38:16 +0200, Loic Dachary wrote:
> 	This sentence allows the following scenario:
> 	- you make modifications
> 	- you assign copyright to MITRE
> 	- MITRE releases your modifications under a non free software license
> 	  and publish them on their web site
> 	- you are not allowed to use your own code
> 	- you have to remove your own modifications from your machine
> 	I know this is unlikely but it's permitted by the license. Therefore
> the freedom to modify the software is crippled, hence the license is not
> Free Software.
> 	Do you see any flaw in this logic ? 
The license is free software, just like the BSD license (without the
advertising clause). What it does not do is to enforce that the future
versions of the software will stay free software, but neither does GPL.
If the FSF ever is taken over all the GNU project could be transformed
into proprietary software because the GNU project has a similar clause:
all the software must have its copyright assigned to the FSF.
						Joao Miguel Neves

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