David Johnson david at usermode.org
Fri Mar 24 17:04:01 UTC 2000

On Fri, 24 Mar 2000, W. Yip wrote:

> Conventional licenses are more restrictive, while OSS licenses
> are so permissive, even 'viral', that the license threatens the very
> foundations of the notion of copyright as property. 

I hope not! If no one owned emacs or gcc, then there would be no one to
enforce their GPL provisions. Whether or not something is "owned" by an
individual, a caretaker, a foundation or even a government agency, it
is still property. If one dislikes information as property, the only
honest way to go, in my opinion, is public domain.

David Johnson...

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