RealNetworks' RTSP Proxy License
david at usermode.org
Tue Sep 11 03:06:23 UTC 2001
On Sunday 09 September 2001 03:01 pm, Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. wrote:
> I consider licenses
> like the MIT license to be at the bottom of the open source barrel because
> they are ostensibly end-user licenses, at best. They are not as protective
> of freedoms as the GNU GPL (no copyleft), they say nothing about source
> code (how to you get access?), and they cannot be used for an open source
> project (without significant modification).
Bottom of the barrel! Gee, you make it sound like those who use MIT and
similar licenses are second class citizens somehow!
Of course they don't protect the wishes of the author like some licenses do.
But not all authors desire that. Not everyone will have the same goals,
philosophies or wants as you.
And they certainly CAN be used by an Open Source project with ZERO
modification. I direct your attention to XFree86 and Apache as two major Open
Source projects that are not copyleft, and the innumerous lesser projects
that are released under the MIT, BSD and similar licenses.
If you prefer to use copyleft licenses, then by all means do so. But do not
look down on those of us who don't as some sort of lower caste. That's
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