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August 7, 2009
Proprietary Licenses
Apple Public Source License – APSL (version 1.0, 1.1, 1.2)
Artistic License 1.0
GPL for Computer Programs of the Public Administration (GPL-PA)
Jahia Community Source License
Hacktivismo Enhanced-Source Software License Agreement(HESSLA)
Microsoft’s Shared Source CLI, C#, and Jscript License
NASA Open Source Agreement
Reciprocal Public License
SGI Free Software License B, version 1.1
Sun Community Source License
Sun Solaris Source Code (Foundation Release) License, Version 1.1
Apple Public Source License
The Apple Public Source License Versions 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 are not free software licenses.
Artistic License 1.0
We cannot say that this is a free software license because it is too vague; some passages are too clever for their own good, and their meaning is not clear. We urge you to avoid using it, except as part of the disjunctive license of Perl.
GPL for Computer Programs of the Public Administration
The GPL-PA is non-free for several reasons,
It permits use only normal circumstances.
It does not allow distribution of source code without binaries.
Its permissions lapse after 50 years.
Jahia Community Source License
The Jahia Community Source License is not a free software license. Use of the source code is limited to research purposes.
1. Introduction. The JAHIA Collaborative Source License and effective attachments (“License”) may include three distinct licenses:
1. Research and Development Use
2. Internal Deployment Use
3. Contribution Agreement.
The Research and Development Use license is effective when you execute this License. You have agreed to the terms of the JCSL by selecting the “Accept” button at the end of the JCSL or executing a hardcopy JCSL with Original Contributor.

The Internal Deployment Use and the Contribution Agreement must be signed by you and Original Contributor in order to become effective. Once effective, these licenses and the associated requirements and responsibilities are cumulative. Capitalized terms used in this License are defined in the Glossary.

Hacktivismo Enhanced-Source Software License Agreement (HESSLA)
The HESSLA is not a free software license, because it restricts what jobs people can use the software for, and restricts in substantive ways what jobs modified versions of the program can do.
Hacktivismo also seeks to enlist the active participation and involvement of people around the world, to help us improve these software tools, and to take other actions (including actions that involve using and distributing our software, and the advancement of similarly-minded software projects of others) that promote human rights and freedom worldwide.
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document. You may use content from this license document as source material for your own license agreement, but you may not use the name “Hacktivismo Enhanced-Source Software License Agreement,” (“HESSLA”) or any confusingly similar name, trademark or service-mark, in connection with any license agreement that is not either
A verbatim copy of this License Agreement, or
A license agreement that contains only additional terms expressly permitted by The HESSLA.
Microsoft’s Shared Source CLI, C#, and Jscript License
The Microsoft Shared Source license does not permit commercial distribution, and only allows commercial use under certain circumstances.
Microsoft has other licenses which it describes as Shared Source, some of which have different restrictions.
This License governs use of the accompanying Software, and your use of the Software constitutes acceptance of this license.

You may use this Software for any non-commercial purpose, subject to the restrictions in this license. Some purposes which can be non-commercial are teaching, academic research, and personal experimentation. You may also distribute this Software with books or other teaching materials, or publish the Software on websites, that are intended to teach the use of the Software.

You may not use or distribute this Software or any derivative works in any form for commercial purposes. Examples of commercial purposes would be running business operations, licensing, leasing, or selling the Software, or distributing the Software for use with commercial products.

NASA Open Source Agreement
The NASA Open Source Agreement, version 1.3, is not a free software license because it includes a provision requiring changes to be your original creation. Free software development depends on combining code from third parties, and the NASA license doesn’t permit this.
We urge you not to use this license. In addition, if you are a United States citizen, please write to NASA and call for the use of a truly free software license.
Reciprocal Public License
The Reciprocal Public License is a non-free license because of three problems.
1. It puts limits on prices charged for an initial copy.
2. It requires notification of the original developer for publication of a modified version.
3. It requires publication of any modified version that an organization uses, even privately.
SGI Free Software License B, version 1.1
The SGI Free Software License B, although its name says free, is not a free software License. It has three major problems.
1. It restricts its patent license to unmodified versions of the software.
2. It terminates if your use of the software infringes copyrights or patents which are not SGI’s. This is problematic because it gives SGI grounds to sue you even when you have done nothing to them.
3. The license requires you to inform SGI of legal problems with the software. This violates your privacy rights, and can conflict with professional confidentiality requirements, such as attorney-client privilege.
Sun Community Source License
This is not a free software license; it lacks essential freedoms such as publication of
modified versions.
Sun Solaris Source Code (Foundation Release) License, Version 1.1
This is not a free software license. The license prohibits redistribution, prohibits commercial use of the software, and can be revoked.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2009 4:17 pm

    punctilious post. upright one decimal where I quarrel with it. I am emailing you in detail.

  2. September 2, 2009 2:17 am

    Cool site, love the info.

  3. September 3, 2009 4:47 am

    Great site…keep up the good work.

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