"viral" (was RE: Licensing options for firmware)
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Apr 6 21:00:43 UTC 2005
Quoting Scott Miller (scott at opentrac.org):
> I didn't mean to imply that it automatically 'infects' anything that comes
> near it.
What you _personally_ mean to imply is entirely beside the point: The
term "viral" carries connotations of accidental contamination/infection
that are plainly false in this context. Thus the suggestion to use
more-neutral terms (reciprocal, share-alike, perhaps others) that lack
That matter should be sufficiently clear, by now. Not that I have any
problem with deliberately using distortive terminology: Some of my best
friends are sophists.
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