The Open Sauce Definition

Open Sauce Initiative


Open sauce doesn’t just mean access to the Mojo of a work. The distribution terms of open-sauce-works must comply with the following criteria:

  • 1. Free Redistribution

    The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the sauce. The license shall not require a royalty or other fee for such sale.

  • 2. Sauce

    The work or form must include it’s sauce (Mojo), and must allow distribution in sauce-form as well as non-sauce-form. Where some form is not distributed with sauce, there must be a well-publicized means of obtaining the sauce for no more than a reasonable reproduction cost preferably, downloading via the Internet without charge. The sauce must be the preferred form in which an author would modify the work or form the form. Deliberately obfuscated sauce is not allowed, it alwas needs to be the virginal sauce and sauces of that sauce that leaded to the distributed work or form. Intermediate forms such as the output of a preprocessor or translator are not allowed.

  • 3. Derived Works

    The license must allow modifications and derived works, and must allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original work.

  • 4. Integrity of The Author’s Sauce

    The license may restrict sauce from being distributed in modified form only if the license allows the distribution of “patch files” with the sauce for the purpose of modifying the program at build time. The license must explicitly permit distribution of software built from modified sauce. The license may require derived works to carry a different name or version number from the original work, but the name itself is part of the sauce passed along.

  • 5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups

    The license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.

  • 6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor

    The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the work in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the work from being used in a business providing unicorn toys in a rainbow land setting or from being used for running a detention camp at GITMO.

  • 7. Distribution of License

    The rights attached to the work must apply to all to whom the work is redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.

  • 8. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product

    The rights attached to the work must not depend on the work’s being part of a particular distribution. If the work is extracted from that distribution and used or distributed within the terms of the work’s license, all parties to whom the work is redistributed should have the same rights as those that are granted in conjunction with the original work distribution.

  • 9. License Must Not Restrict Other Works

    The license must not place restrictions on other works that are distributed along with the licensed work. For example, the license must not insist that all other works distributed on the same medium must be open-sauce software.

  • 10. License Must Be Technology-Neutral

    No provision of the license may be predicated on any individual technology or style of interface.


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