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Re: Additional promise to the MCA


On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 1:42 AM, Michael Widenius <monty@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Henrik> I then of course have not had time to write the intro. (I don't mind
> Henrik> if someone else does it, as long as the legal text is as above, minus
> Henrik> the last paragraph.)
> I would however like to know what problems the lawyer had with my
> paragraph.

If you mean...

a) your original promise text:
"Monty Program Ab agrees that when it dual licenses code, it will not
restrict the way the third party licensee uses the licensed copy of
the code nor restrict how they use their own code. "

...the lawyer never saw it. It was my "devils advocate reading" of it
that made me think someone could say we cannot distribute MariaDB as
GPL (since it has restrictions :-)

b) in the new text, the last paragraph
"As a special note, it is observed that the Monty Program Ab Contributor
Agreement itself fulfills these requirements. Also note that this promise
does not not extend as a requirement to 3rd parties so as to restrict
their rights to license products containing contributions."

...the lawyer is fine with it, but nobody understands it. It also
doesn't really add anything of legal significance, so it can be taken
away. It was intended to be informational, but apparently the effect
is the opposite!

A short non-legal introduction is clearly the way to go. If I only
didn't need to sleep at nights, I would have written it already...


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