License Proliferation

Dr. David Alan Gilbert gilbertd at
Fri Sep 2 22:41:20 UTC 2005

* Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. (roddixon at wrote:

> Rightly, Larry points out in paragraph 9 of his document that there are 
> limits to resolving this problem because an important aspect of open source 
> licensing includes the promotion of diverse business models, which 
> necessitates diversity in licensing (perhaps in ways that are not 
> predictable).  The perception is that open source is more tolerant of 

Certainly there are a varienty of models and requirements different
authors require; but even so it would be nice to make the licenses
as compatible as possible - there shouldn't be a need for a whole new
license because someone wants to add, remove or change a single clause
(although obviously such a change would need careful examination
to see what side effects it has).

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