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InstantDB: RE: InstantDB's Licensing and Open Source Status

Today, if you sent me this email I'd answer with the following:

You may use InstantDB in your commercial software applications free of
charge.  You do not need to buy a license to use InstantDB.  You may
distribute InstantDB with your commercial software provided that you're in
compliance with sections 3.1-3.5 of the Enhydra Public License.  Since the
source code for InstantDB is not yet available, you are not required to
return your extensions to the community.  Certainly, Lutris would love for
you to purchase the certified version of the software for this application,
as we can assure its quality, and you can do this by purchasing Lutris
Enhydra Professional at

We would ask that you simply cite your use of InstantDB either within your
printed documentation or the Readme.txt file for the software, and include
mention that:

a> Lutris Technologies, Inc. is the copyright holder.

b> The software is freely available at, and
covered under the Enhydra Public License, accessible at

c> A pointer to your inclusion of the EPL.txt/EPL.html file in your online
distribution or within your printed documentation.

Please review the exact terms in the license.  The license terms are VERY
EASY to comply with, and are the only restriction on your use of the

best regards,
Keith Bigelow

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Steichen []
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 8:54 AM
Cc: Paul Morgan (E-mail); Greg Schwarzer (E-mail);;
Subject: Re: InstantDB's Licensing and Open Source Status


Thanks for the detailed reply.  Good answers all.

One more question: What do I have to do if I want to distribute InstantDB
today with a product I create (opensource, freeware or commercial)?



----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Bigelow" <>
To: <>; <>;
Cc: "Paul Morgan (E-mail)" <>; "Greg Schwarzer
(E-mail)" <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 10:34 AM

> Terry,
> Thanks for the post.  If I know Peter, he'd probably prefer that I answer
> marketing questions and that he get to answer engineering ones...  :)
> So, you post asks 3 questions:
> a>  Why is the licensing vague on IDB on
> b>  What's up with releasing the source?
> c>  You planning in reindeer games with the licensing??
> The short answer to "A" is "We've been really busy and a little sloppy."
> When we acquired ICS/IDB, we were unclear on how we'd license it.  Many
> internally wanted it free-ware, and to sell the source.  Others wanted an
> Enhydra Public License applied to the code.  During this indecision, the
> site said "ask us".  For what it's worth, I now receive upwards of 5
> a day from companies planning to redistribute the software as part of a
> solution they've created.  And, with company like IBM Websphere and Nortel
> doing this, it's not surprising that people are jumping on board.  We will
> fix "A" probably around the time that we release source to IDB.  Right
> we are so heads down on Enhydra Enterprise, which utilizes IDB at its
> that we simply haven't been spending a lot of time updating the site.
> The short answer to "B" is "We've been rearchitecting and perfecting IDB
> a service for use within Enhydra/Enhydra Enterprise, and until that work
> complete we're unlikely to release source."  That stated, I'm hoping to
> us accomplish this goal and release source to IDB in Q1/2001, which is
> I expect to see Enhydra Enterprise in bulletproof form on as
> well.  I should note, that while we're doing this work, it in no way
> precludes your use of IDB with Websphere or any other application server /
> development suite.  So, we're making progress, but we're not there yet.
> The short answer to "C" is "No."  The long answer to "C" is "No, no
> games.  I expect IDB source to be covered by the EPL."  The licensing of
> XMLC was not about playing games, but about trying to ensure the code
> fork.  With EPL's current form, we're pretty certain that is unlikely to
> happen.
> I haven't 'vetted' any of these responses with our exec staff, so I'm not
> going to swear that the dates are perfect or anything, but this is the
> intent that I come to work with every day.
> best regards,
> Keith
> Keith Bigelow
> Director of Product Mgmt
> Lutris Technologies
> Sponsors of Enhydra
> 831.460-7408
> ----- Original Message ----- From: Terry Steichen
> <>
> To: Peter Hearty <>
> Cc: <>
> Sent: Monday, November 27, 2000 9:28 AM
> Subject: InstantDB: InstantDB's Licensing and Open Source Status
> Hi Peter,
> My curiosity is piqued on two points. The first pertains to InstantDB
> licnesing. You've made it very clear in a coupleof recent e-mails that
> anyone has the right to use and even redistribute InstantDB, as long as
> includes an acknowledgement of Lutris' ownership (and other small
> However, on the web site, the official Lutris statement is "check with us
> for licensing details". Why doesn't Lustris just update the website to be
> consistent with your rather clear and unambiguous licensing explanation?
> The second part of my curiosity pertains to open-source plans. Lutris (and
> you) have stated that this is planned. Yet there are a number of folks who
> have asked for more details and - curiously - their requests remains
> unanswered (which is rather strange for this list). Why is that (or
> what are Lutris' plans in this regard)?
> Perhaps I'm a bit jaded by my memory of Lutris' strange initial effort to
> shift XMLC away from open-source and into a proprietary status. For those
> who were 'around' at that time, this created quite a furor, till Lutris
> eventually backed off. I don't imagine anything like that is afoot, but a
> little clarification would be most welcome.
> Regards,
> Terry Steichen

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