Legal soundness comes to open source distribution

John Cowan jcowan at
Wed Aug 14 16:00:09 UTC 2002

Carol A. Kunze scripsit:

> Traditional open source (GPL, BSD) follows the first.  Proprietary follows the
> third.  There is nothing inherently evil about PURE licenses. If you reserve
> title, but give the user all the rights they would have in a sale, plus the
> right to copy, etc., where is the harm?   I'm not sure why you would want to do
> this, but you could.

Proprietary licenses normally do *not* give you all the rights of an owner:
far from it.  If I (not being a licensed reseller) sell you a computer
with lots of proprietary software on it, you get no use rights to that
software.  Ownership of libre software of course goes with the hard disk.

John Cowan                                jcowan at
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