Licensing question

I have a few questions regarding the “MIT License” that the Rails
framework uses.

  1. The link on the web page (at the bottom of
    points to a page (The MIT License – Open Source Initiative)
    that has a “generic” license template - i.e., the copyright holder
    info reads as follows : “Copyright (c) ”.
    Is there an official copy of the license for Rails maintained

  2. It is not clear to me that derived works (i.e., projects that use,
    but aren’t a part of, an unmodified Rails distribution) may be
    distributed in a restricted manner - by this I mean, “sold under a
    license that restricts the licensee from further distribution of the
    derived work”. Can I assume that the phrase, “this software”, as used
    in the license, refers to the Rails framework alone, and not to
    derivative works building “on top” of the framework? What bothers me
    is the condition “The above copyright notice and this permission
    notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the
    Software.” I have no problem allowing anybody to further distribute
    Rails, but I would NOT want them to do likewise with my app.

  3. Would I need to package and deploy the framework separately from
    the app in order to clearly delineate the two? (The intent would be
    to separate the two so that they may be distributed under separate

  4. How have other organizations / developers dealt with licensing and
    distribution of Rails apps?

Thanks in advance for any comments and suggestions.

  • Mike