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Author: Amir Taaki
To: libbitcoin
Subject: Re: [Libbitcoin] License - what about a truly free license (humble and extremely important enquiry for the project)

On 13/05/14 18:17, Eric Voskuil wrote:
> I agree. There is little if any commercial (or other) value to be gained in serving up or distributing Bitcoin software without full source disclosure.
> Really we have the opposite problem. We need to make it easier for the user to prove that the software he/she is running is intended. Deterministic build is hard. And of course even with source, ensuring correctness is also very hard (as highlighted by the recent trail of SSL/TLS bugs/backdoors). Them there's the hardware...
> http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailored_Access_Operations
> e
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On May 13, 2014, at 8:52 AM, Peter Todd <pete@???> wrote:
>> On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 04:33:50PM +0200, mlmikael wrote:
>> I gotta catch a flight, so I'll keep this short.
>> For Bitcoin and other security related software a key issue is that
>> source code *must* be available to the user in all circumstances so that
>> they can be sure the code has not been backdoored or otherwise
>> compromised. Very strongly opensource licenses, such as the Affero GPL,
>> provide that guarantee in ways that lesser and *less* free, licenses do
>> not. Remember that when we talk about freedom, we're talking about the
>> user's freedom to use, modify, and inspect the software that keeps their
>> Bitcoins safe and protects their privacy, not the freedom of people who
>> want to restrict that right.
>> Thus I strongly support distributing LibBitcoin under the maximally free
>> license possible, the Affero GPL.
>> Now we should be pragmatic about this, and give users some guidance
>> about how to comply with the Affero GPL license requirements, but that
>> is a separate discussion.
>>> Dear Amir and list,
>>> Originating from the conversation on Bignums, I went through the
>>> conditions of LibBitcoin's license.
>>> LibBitcoin's present license is the GNU Affero General Public
>>> License version 3, found at
>>> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.html . It states that
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