[Mono-list] Shared Source License from MSFT to ECMA for CLI

A Rafael D Teixeira rafaelteixeirabr@hotmail.com
Wed, 20 Mar 2002 15:59:59 -0300

>From: Dan Mezick <Dan.Mezick@NewTechUSA.com>
>To: mono-list@ximian.com
>Subject: [Mono-list] Shared Source License from MSFT to ECMA for CLI
>Could you please tell me where I may view the license under which the CLI 
>was provided by MSFT to ECMA. My understanding is that all your work is 
>on the CLI spec from ECMA provided by MSFT under a version of the shared
>source license.
>Is this true? Where in the web can I view the license?
>Dan Mezick

Thereīs no source code licensing involved in the ECMA works. Microsoft with 
some other companies offered itīs C#/CLI "specifications" to be turned into 
a stantard by a ECMA commitee.

The source code from Microsoft is available under the Shared Source License, 
but we donīt get anywhere near it, because that license is too limiting. 
Mainly it forbids any commercial use, just educational or experimental uses 
are allowed.

Our code is 100% new, created from all the documentation available to 
everyone (ECMA, Microsoft, Books, Dev Sites). Itīs covered partly by a GPL 
license (runtime/compilers) and partly by a MIT X11 like license (the class 

We are trying to avoid any Microsoft patents, by using well-known 
technologies, and we hope we wonīt find problems in that area.

Please, read our faq, if you need more detailed information:



Rafael Teixeira
Brazilian Developer

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