Ion3 license violation

Tuomo Valkonen tuomov at
Wed Dec 12 01:46:22 PST 2007

On 2007-12-12, Aryeh M. Friedman <aryeh.friedman at> wrote:
> Taking the project closed source and/or in some other way denying open
> access to the code is not your only option to protect your legit
> rights as a developer.   

I'm not denying access to the code (not yet anyway; I'll probably
move to license-free closed-source -- for windows -- in future 
projects). I just want distros to behave a bit better: to call 
things by their real names, and mark obsolete versions as obsolete.
The present variant of the terms of license are:


Copyright (c) Tuomo Valkonen 1999-2007.

Unless otherwise indicated in components taken from elsewhere, this software
is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2.1 ("LGPL",
reproduced below), extended and modified with the following terms:

  If the name Ion(tm) or other names that can be associated with the Ion
  project are used to distribute this software, then:

    - A version that does not significantly differ from one of the
      copyright holder's releases, must be provided by default.

    - Versions not based on the copyright holder's latest release (on 
      the corresponding "branch", such as Ion3(tm)), must within 28 days
      of this release, be prominently marked as (potentially) obsolete
      and unsupported.

    - Significantly altered versions may be provided only if the user
      explicitly requests for those modifications to be applied, and 
      is prominently notified that the software is no longer considered 
      the standard version, and is not supported by the copyright holder.
      The version string displayed by the program must describe these
      modifications and the "support void" status.

  Versions for which the above conditions are not satisfied, must be
  renamed so that they can not be associated with the Ion project, their
  executables must be given names that do not conflict with the copyright
  holder's version, and neither the copyright holder nor the Ion project
  may be referred to for support.

  In the text of sections 0-2, 4-12, and 14-16 of the LGPL, "this License" 
  is to be understood to refer to the LGPL extended with these terms and,
  where applicable, possible similar terms related to the names of other
  works forming a whole. Sections 3 and 13 of the LGPL are void. Where
  contradictory, these additional terms are primary to the LGPL.

End of terms.


So, these terms only affect distros, not users. You're also free to use
the code; you just have to pay attention to how you call it when you 
distribute it. But even modified versions can be distributed as "Ion" 
provided that the user explicitly requests for those modifications 
(typically in source-based package systems).


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