Script Distribution Policy
Doug Lee

This document outlines and explains my policies for script distribution and the reasons for them.

History of document:

February 7, 2019
Updated script translation policy to include Dropbox file removal policies. Removed publication date from document heading as it now appears on the first entry in this history.
February 1, 2019
Initial publication.

Table of Contents

The Current Policy

Code Distribution

As of 2019, I have begun to cease distributing source code with some of my public scripts. Reasons for this include, in no particular order:

My free scripts remain free and may still be distributed freely. The specific requirements on redistributions still appears as a license agreement in the installers I publish. A copy of the current license also appears as Appendix A in this document.

Script Translations

Current plans for handling script translation for other languages, subject to change without notice as I am still setting this up:

The Previous Policy and Its Problems

Up through the end of 2018, all of my public scripts were covered by the BSD license. In a nutshell, this license permitted redistribution of my work, with or without source code, provided a few conditions. Notable among these was the requirement that the documentation accompanying any redistribution that did not include my source code must include an acknowledgement of the use of my code in the documentation. Beyond this stipulation, the license was quite permissive - more so than the popular GNU Public General License (GPL), for example. A copy of the BSD license appears in this document as Appendix B.

Over time, I have observed at least two types of activity out there that concerned me:

  1. Use of my code, without redistributing source, and without including the required acknowledgement. This bothers me on moral grounds, besides legal ones. It also concerns me because, in effect, it has the potential to hurt my reputation and, indirectly, adversely to affect my employer, inasmuch as my scripting work is also my profession within my company.
  2. Extra requirements being placed on the use of my code by redistributors. Examples of additional requirements, and which I do and do not consider problematic:

I have been aware of various instances of several of the above issues over many years, but I have always convinced myself that the best approach to them would be to ignore them. I have finally decided that this may not always be the best course of action. I consider this 2019 policy change to be experimental, but also likely to persist.

Appendix A: Current Binary License

This license began to apply to my public projects as of the start of 2019. The date range in the below text is an example.

Copyright (c) 2012-2019 Doug Lee.

All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in binary form is permitted provided that the
following conditions are met:

* Redistributions must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of
  conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other
  materials provided with the distribution.

* The names of the copyright holders and contributors may not be used to
  endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific
  prior written permission.

Except via specific prior written permission, distribution, acquisition,
or discovery of source code, such as by reverse engineering or decompiling,
is not permitted.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS"
AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE
DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE
FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR
SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER
CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY,
OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE
USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Appendix B: Previously Used BSD License

This license applied to my public projects for many years through the end of 2018. The date range in the below text is an example.

Copyright (c) 2012-2019 Doug Lee.

All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

* Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice,
  this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

* Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice,
  this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation
  and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

* The names of the copyright holders and contributors may not be used to
  endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific
  prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS"
AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE
DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE
FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR
SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER
CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY,
OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE
USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.