License Proliferation

Ian Lance Taylor ian at
Mon Sep 5 22:57:55 UTC 2005

Russell Nelson <nelson at> writes:

> If businesses notice that it's expensive to review a brazilian
> licenses, and individuals don't notice a problem, then something is
> wrong that needs fixing.  Either the businesses don't need to review
> all those licenses, or individuals ought to be reviewing them.  So
> yes, what is good for one is necessarily good for the other.

My sense is that since some businesses are seeing a problem reviewing
licenses, whereas I as an individual don't see a problem, that there
must be different interests at work.  One possible difference is that
I as an individual generally only case about using the software, not
about distributing it.  Another is that when I feel any doubt, I
simply avoid using the software which is under an unusual licenses;
for me there are always alternatives, but that may not be true for


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