Publicly Funded Research: Tell Us Your Opinion
Subject:   How about a Grandfather clause for current closed source?
Date:   2002-01-15 13:50:05
From:   akvalentine
> The easiest way to do that is to get the DSSP
> source code and make the needed changes. The new
> code almost certainly contains parts of the old
> code, so under the DSSP license it cannot be
> redistributed. This means I cannot release the
> software under an open source license, and so I
> cannot do this research under a publicly funded
> grant.

To work around this sort of problem, I propose a Grandfather clause that will stipulate that projects that currently depend on Closed Software may remain closed, but any newly developed software must be OSS.

Just a thought. . .