An explanation of the difficulty of solving license proliferation in one sentence
alvin at Mail.Linux-Consulting.com
Sat Mar 12 00:58:33 UTC 2005
On Fri, 11 Mar 2005, Rick Moen wrote:
> Joel West wrote:
> > for the record, calling Larry "controversial" was not intended as a
> > slam. He's very knowledgeable (if not the most knowledgeable) in this
> > area.
and more importantly... his/their "legal" documents will probably have a
fairly good chance of standing up in court
> And the facts in this case are that Larry Rosen has propounded the
> merits of contract-based licensing and exploring the possible need for
> positive indications of licence asset, e.g., via clickwrap agreements --
> which many find unpalatable, but not for any fault of Rosen's in
> substantiating his view. (This was in the much larger context of his
> more-substantive work as OSI general counsel and secretary.)
and have extensive "legal" knowlege of the issues at hand
> On reflection, saying Mr. Rosen has "strongly held views" in _this_
> group seems rather comical, in context. Compared to whom? If he'd
> "controversial" in the rather artificially stripped-down sense you
> outlined, then the rest of us are a veritable firestorm.
i think that engineers making legal documents ( yet another license ) is
the same as lawyers dictating software specifications for coding,
( just my view of the world )
> The "controversy" seems to be pretty much your invention
some controversy is good ... everybody can learn from it ..
> OSI -- and its trusted personnel like Larry Rosen -- have a track record
> of acting for the benefit of open source. The other guys don't.
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