New Open Source License: Single Supplier Open Source License

Richard Schilling rschi at
Sat Jan 24 15:47:35 CST 2004

I would like to present to you all a new Open Source software license I've written up.  It's called the Single Supplier Open Source License.  I will be distributing software under this license as well as the traditional Open Source licenses found at

You can see a copy of the license and its associated FAQ at . A link on the homepage at will also direct you there.  

I will also be working directly with to address any issues they have with the license wording.  

The license has the following features:

# Users have freely available access to source code, documentation just like the GPL.
# Users may use, modify, and install the software on as many computers as they want within their organization.
# Any changes made by the user and others get contributed back into the base product
# The developer's right to control who provides services using the product is protected.
# The developer's right to control who can distribute the software is protected.
# The developer has complete control over the product forking.
# The developer and all contributors retain copyright of their individual works.
# The software is always downloaded from the same place by the end user even if it's used as part of a larger product, protecting the quality of the software.

Please feel free to contact me on or off list about this announcement.

Richard Schilling

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