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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-09-18 11:54:15

Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]> writes:

> At 05:43 PM 9/17/2003, David Abrahams wrote:
> >> Changes to the license must be very rare and carefully considered. It
> >> is really like a language standard - stability is necessary to get
> >> developers on board.
> >
> >I still question the legality of licensing by reference to text which
> >may change dynamically. And it may have a chilling effect. It's not
> >just the authors who might be nervous, but the users as well. If you
> >were a corporate lawyer, would *you* OK the use of source code whose
> >license might change at any time without notice? I believe users must
> >be allowed to continue to use the code under the *original* licensing
> >terms they agreed to.
> Dave,
> The licensed can't change dynamically. That's a
> misunderstanding. Once a release is made, the license for that
> release is frozen for all time. That's already mentioned in the FAQ.
> Devin Smith commented "Note that Boost will not be able to
> retroactively change the terms applicable to a licensee who has
> received code under the terms of an older version of a license
> agreement.".

I talked to Devin a few minutes ago and he also indicated that Boost
can't change the license on any files without permission from the

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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