License Proliferation

Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. roddixon at
Tue Sep 6 02:05:00 UTC 2005

...... Original Message .......
On 05 Sep 2005 15:57:55 -0700 Ian Lance Taylor <ian at> wrote:
>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
I agree with both comments above, and I trust that someone has identified a 
significant enough number businesses who found reviewing Brazillian 
licenses and others burdensome on code sharing. This surprises me given the 
universal popularity of the GPL.

- Rod

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