Re: Al Gore goes "Open Source"?

From: Jonathan P Tomer <phouchg(at)cif(dot)rochester(dot)edu>
To: spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Re: Al Gore goes "Open Source"?
Date: 1999-04-07 20:48:57
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> Ugh! It's even worse that that. Look at the page source:
> <!-------Attention Open Source Enthusiasts!--------------------
> [We want to exploit you while looking good to the vast majority of
> people who won't actually read this! Help us out by sending mail
> to...] -------------->

bad... but fortunately for us, it's also purely violating the dfsg/osd,
because (a) there's no licence anywhere on the page (copyright 1999, all
rights reserved), and (b) there's restriction *beyond* the lack of licence:

Important Legal Notices

Source Code Volunteer Project

Only individuals acting as volunteers may participate in source code
volunteer efforts. No individual may be paid for their efforts. When
submitting your source code, please provide your name, address
(mailing address and e-mail address), occupation and the name of your

By submitting this source code you warrant that the code is your
original product and you have not reproduced, counterfeited, copied or
colorably imitated any, copyright trademark, or service mark or
violated any federal or state law.

Further, this source code is not being submitted by a company,
business, labor union or other organization, or any federal, state or
municipal agency and has not been produced using the facilities of any
such groups.

so evidently they think "open source" means "we'll let you work for free for
us" *and* even then you can't provide anything if you are not employed, or
if you are a company/, business, labor union, or other organization(!) and
you can't violate any <ok, you can see it too>. if it weren't for the fact
that i have no actual power whatsoever i'd write them a letter; if anybody
with more authority or fame than i would like to do so first i'd prefer
it. if nothing is forthcoming i will tho.

and btw, if you're interested, the url is

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