[Box Backup] License

Ben Summers boxbackup at fluffy.co.uk
Sun Feb 29 19:30:15 GMT 2004


On 29 Feb 2004, at 17:09, Pascal Lalonde wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 29, 2004 at 12:43:59PM +0000, Ben Summers wrote:
>>
>> I think I'm tending towards a BSD license. Maybe with enlarging the
>> advertising clause to request a link to the web site?
>>
> I really think you should stick with a standard BSD license. People
> generally don't like being compelled in any way by a license. But you
> could ask/suggest people before downloading your software that they put
> a banner on their website, a mention in their product, stuff like that.
> Of course not everyone will do it, but still. A lot of people know 
> about
> RSync even if you don't see "Sync'ed with RSync" on their website. Like
> you said, just putting it on sourceforge might be something in itself.
>
> I think I know what worries you:
> Companies could start using BoxBackup and keep it a secret, so that
> people don't know about the product, thus getting a limited 
> exclusivity.
> Then if you ask "could you put a link on your page please?", their only
> anwser is: "Ha, it is *you* who decided to put it under that license".
> It pisses me off too. These people are truly not helping opensource
> software to evolve. They only profit from it. But, deep down, I still
> don't think adding an advertisement clause would be the right thing to
> do.

It was more making it easier to find people offering stuff based upon 
it by using Google.

>
> I, for sure, will do everything I can to convince my superiors to put
> that link on the webpage (if I'm lucky, that might even be easy).
>
> By the way, are you planning to do small banners, like those "Powered
> by ..." or "Just VIM it!", that we could put on our websites ?
> I was thinking, maybe something like "With BoxBackup, sleep 
> peacefully".
> English is not first language, and I have a hard time finding the exact
> words for what I mean, and I fear this one can be interpreted as
> "With BoxBackup, rest in peace" ;-) What I truly mean is:
> "Dormez tranquille avec BoxBackup"
> meaning that with BoxBackup you can go to sleep without worrying about
> your data. Maybe "Sleep easy with BoxBackup" ?
> I'd put it right under my "Powered by OpenBSD"...

Actually I was want commercial backup services to put the link on their 
web sites. However... defining a commercial backup service may be 
tricky, so I might as well not bother.

Ben





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