August 2, 2002

Draft version of RealNetworks' new Public Source License

In an email that appeared on the license-discuss email list at 2:21 a.m. U.S. eastern time Rob Lanphier, Interoperability program manager for RealNetworks, announced that a draft of RealNetworks' new Public Source License is now available for viewing. In his email he said, Note that this is version "0.9". We're not yet submitting it for
approval; there's some more edits for clarity that we intend to make.
Nevertheless, based on many conversations at OSCON last week, it seems
prudent to start people thinking about this sooner rather than later.
Lanphier also wrote, Our intent is to create a license that is similar in goals to the GPL,
with the following key differences:

* Closing the "ASP loophole". We want to ensure that someone who sets up
a business as an ASP is subject to the same community obligations as
someone who creates a shrinkwrap product. See
for more details
on this.

* Right for RealNetworks to relicense. The subgoals for this are as follows:

* We want to ensure we can bring changes back into our main
development trunk, which is dually licensed under the RPSL and the
RealNetworks Community Source License (a community source license
modelled after the Java Community Source License)

* We want to be able to relicense this under other terms later
(perhaps GPL compatibility will become feasible)

* We offer licensing under other terms under custom agreement

* Limited LGPL and MPL compatibility (allows dynamic linking to libraries
fully licensed under LGPL and MPL; no license mixing within a library)

Remember, this is a draft, not the final license. You can read the text of the license draft at, and find links to other licenses RealNetworks also plans to use for their new software products on this page.

Since RealNetworks is actively seeking comments, please feel free to post yours right here.

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