[osg-users] Google and "Authoritative Distributor" of Open Source Software (OSG)?

Robert Osfield robert.osfield at gmail.com
Tue May 12 00:31:22 PDT 2015

Hi Chris,

My first reaction is WTF, second, third, I mean WTF?!?

What I don't understand is that will only list you if you are
officially the main distributor.  I guess I could understand they'd
want some kinda of official clarification for the relationship to the
main OSG project and that the binaries are "sanctioned", but having
the potential for multiple sanctioned sources can be a bonus.

I'm happy to be referenced in discussions.


On 11 May 2015 at 22:28, Chris Hanson <xenon at alphapixel.com> wrote:
>   Has anyone else here who offers download of compiled Open Source software
> been hassled by Google? My Google Ads for AlphaPixel's OSG consulting
> services (a major part of my business) have been suspended for the
> following:
> after a discussion with our policy team, it looks like your site was
> correctly disabled for our Free Desktop Software policy, which you can find
> here. What they are specifically talking about is this page on your site
> alphapixel.com. What they are telling me is that for the software found on
> that page you must register as the authoritative distributor of that
> software through this form here. After submitting the form, the policy team
> will review your site within 1-2 weeks and if they confirm that you are the
> main distributors of this software and they will approve the site without
> any further escalation from me. I know this isnt the most ideal answer you
> were looking for, but I have pushed back immensely and have done all I can
> but they are standing firmly. At this time, I think the only option would be
> to go through the from process. Please let me know if you have any questions
> on this matter.
>   So, it doesn't seem to me to be sensible to require we register as "THE
> authoritative" software distribution site. This would presumably exclude
> others such as Torben (
> http://www.osgvisual.org/projects/osgvisual/wiki/Downloads ) which is not
> ok.
>   It seems to me like Google somehow, doesn't even GET the idea of Open
> Source, at least as it applies to binary downloads. Has anyone encountered
> this issue?
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