[Sugar-devel] For your information: Charity Software License

Bernhard Fastenrath bernhard.fastenrath
Tue Dec 2 15:38:52 EST 2008

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Software License <http://wiki.laptop.org/go/CSL>  You can write software in
an open source process
and generate revenue for charity.

The intent of the license is to offer an alternative to open source software
as specified by the OSI open source definition. Software licensed under the
CSL can be made available in source code but there is no obligation to do
so, unless the open source variant
OSCSL<http://wiki.laptop.org/go/CSL#Open_source>is chosen. The
software is made available with guarantees about the use of
revenue generated by software sales. The license will include a list of
trusted third parties, usually non-profit organizations, who can sell
software licensed under the CSL. A group of authors cannot sell their own
software under the CSL without first becoming a trusted reseller in the
sense of the license. The rationale is that the CSL is intended as a unique
selling point for software licensed under the CSL and arbitrary software
authors are not expected to reliably handle the financial resources in the
intent of the license. Thus the CSL can increase the trustworthiness of
authors without any disadvantages for software authors who mean to take the
CSL seriously. Trusted resellers in the sense of the license require
external auditors, as, for instance, the Deutsche Zentralinstitut f?r
soziale Fragen (dzi.de). A share of the generated revenue can, within
predefined limits, be used to develop the software. The recipient of revenue
shares is the maintainer. The maintainer can distribute funding, hire
contractors, fork the project or pass on the office of maintainer to another
person. The office of maintainer is meant to allow a software development
process similar to that of the open source community, although slightly less

See also: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Charityware

   - 1 Charity license<http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Charityware#Charity_license>
   - 2 Software <http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Charityware#Software>
      - 2.1 Firefox
         - 2.1.1 Travel management
         - 2.1.2 Virtualized
         - 2.1.3 Lock in
         - 2.1.4 NASA World
         - 2.1.5 Wikifier <http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Charityware#Wikifier>
      - 2.2 ReactOS <http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Charityware#ReactOS>
         - 2.2.1 A possible ReactOS

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