Limiting the use of an OpenSource application

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Mar 4 00:37:21 UTC 2002

David Johnson scripsit:

> But as for *reselling* a piece of software, that is a different matter. 
> Regardless of the existance of copyright law, the media upon which the 
> software resides is your personal property. It is immoral for the author to 
> deny my the right to resell my media since it is not his property anymore. 

What for, if there is a covenant which you accept at the time?

I shortly intend to buy my apartment on terms which require me to sell
it back to the co-op corporation when and if I leave it.  Even if the
market triples by then, I am forbidden to sell it on the open market.
I get back only the purchase price plus the value of improvements I
make (unlikely).

I go into this with my eyes open, and what's more, I approve of the
restriction.  What's immoral here?

John Cowan               cowan at
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_
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