[Project_owners] SmartSync Project and Mozdev Terms of Use

Filippo Possenti filippo.possenti at gmail.com
Sat Apr 29 21:49:01 EDT 2006

Well... I've taken a brief look to opensource.org licenses and I quickly
realized that I'll need to read many many many pages before finding a
proper license.
Maybe you can help me finding such a license quickly.

My desire is to allow free non-commercial use of this extension. For
commercial use, I want to be notified so that I can decide if allow or
deny this right. The purpose is to allow the diffusion of the extension
without letting sly people to take undue advantages from it.

For derivative works... well, I think that it will be impossible to find
a license that forbid the right to create derivative works, nor I want
to forbid this right. However, I'd like to be informed by people before
they start a new project. This with the purpose of talking to this
people and finding a solution that will not cause the project to split
in different projects with the same final purpose. It's only a matter of
granting end users a quick search for the solution they need, instead of
looking for dozen of different but similar projects (a far from uncommon
practice, in OpenSource world).

Can you help me with this?

Filippo Possenti wrote:

> I read the three messages.
> Since Creative Commons seems not made for "coding", I'll change the
> license. I'll do it within the next 24 hours.
> I'll move the entire site on mozdev, as well. I just need some time,
> since I want to check every page before moving on mozdev.
> David Boswell wrote:
>>Let's see what the SmarySync project owner says and then we can decide
>>what to do.  If needed, we can ask the lawyers on our board to review
>>how the terms apply in this case.
>>AFAICT, the SmartSync project is hosted on a different site and the
>>mozdev project page is just redirecting people.  If they just wanted a
>>link from mozdev to their site, we can add them to the External
>>Projects page and then the license wouldn't be an issue.
>>>The Mozdev Terms of Use say this:
>>>"All code for each project hosted on the Site must be made available
>>>under the Mozilla Public License (MPL) unless otherwise noted on the
>>>project pages. More information about the MPL can be found at
>>>http://www.mozilla.org/MPL/. If a project is not using the MPL it
>>>to use one of the other OSI-approved open source licenses."
>>>The SmartSync project is using:
>>>Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5
>>>I'm specifically objecting to:
>>>"No Derivative Works. You may not alter, transform, or build upon
>>>As far as I can tell from this page:
>>>None of the CC licences have been approved by the OSI.
>>>Based on the Mozdev AUP, I am now assuming that by registering their
>>>project on Mozdev, they have implicitly released their code under the
>>>MPL overriding the "No Derivative Works" clause in the CC licence.
>>>Philip Chee <philip at aleytys.pc.my>, <philip.chee at gmail.com>
>>>http://flashblock.mozdev.org/ http://xsidebar.mozdev.org
>>>Guard us from the she-wolf and the wolf, and guard us from the thief,
>>>oh Night, and so be good for us to pass.
>>>[ ]I could be chasing an untamed ornithoid without cause.
>>>* TagZilla 0.059
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