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[liberationtech] a privacy preserving and resilient social network

Karl Fogel kfogel at red-bean.com
Mon Jul 1 08:19:13 PDT 2013


Alireza Mahdian <alireza.mahdian at gmail.com> writes:
>this is to prevent modifications that would render it as a malware. I
>haven't signed the code yet so I am just protecting myself from such
>liabilities. 

Hi, Alireza Mahdian.  Please don't call the code "open source" nor "free
software" when it's not.

In this case, it's not: the requirement to get your permission before
changing the code violates the Free Software Defintion and the Open
Source Definition in clear & unambiguous ways.  If you place these
additional restrictions on people's freedom, then the software is simply
not open source.

You can distribute it under any terms you want, but don't call those
terms something they are not -- that's just misleading.

Thank you,
-Karl
 (with my opensource.org hat on, which it usually isn't when I post here)


>On Jun 28, 2013, at 12:51 AM, John Sullivan <johns at fsf.org> wrote:
>
>    I like the idea, so I was checking it out. I was confused by this
>    statement in the download terms:
>    
>        Since MyZone Client Application is open source, you will not
>        change any
>        part of MyZone’s code without the written approval of MyZone’s
>        copyright
>        owner Alireza Mahdian reached at (alireza.mahdian at colorado
>        dot edu). 
>
>    Can you explain what you mean? Usually, something called "open
>    source"
>    can be modified without any additional written approval.
>    
>    -john
>    
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>Alireza Mahdian
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>University of Colorado at Boulder
>Email: alireza.mahdian at gmail.com
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