Brian Behlendorf brian at
Wed Apr 13 22:36:57 UTC 2005

On Wed, 13 Apr 2005, Michael R. Bernstein wrote:
> To me, there is a qualitative difference between an Initial Developer 
> (ID) requiring copyright assignment (for which, if the ID is a business, 
> they might even be willing to pay for) in order to roll a modification 
> into the main release of a project and a license that pre-determines 
> that such an assignment to the ID has already been made if the 
> modification has been distributed.

That's a much more narrowly defined area to have an issue with than has 
been bandied about so far in these discussions, or in OSI's proliferation 
paper.  The NPL had that; do other open source licenses?  The Apache 
License 2.0 has an implicit grant if you offer a derivative work back to 
us; but not if you redistribute on your own.

I'm also siding with those who had more than a little dismay at the 
attitude being shown to the MPL.


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