Two new licenses - OVPL & OVLPL

Andy Tai lichengtai at
Sun Apr 10 12:31:34 UTC 2005

While not specifically aimed at, the
question can be asked, over similar licenses, why
should contributors give specific privileges to the
initial developers?  Shouldn't  everyone in the
general public, the initial developer and other
contributors alike, be equal?  If you want to maintain
a proprietary version and you are interested in the
contribution of someone, shouldn't you negotiate with
him separately to license his code for non-open source
commercial use?

Isn't that the real fair way to everyone?

--- Alex Bligh <alex at> wrote:

> These licenses are constructed for a specific
> purpose: to allow projects
> that have been developed in a commercial
> closed-source environment to be
> released into an open-source environment, whilst
> allowing the commercial
> developer to maintain their own "commercial"
> version. We thus do NOT
> recommend them for new open-source only projects.

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