[Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Sun Dec 10 06:29:30 UTC 2006

Brian Behlendorf scripsit:

> I think the fundamental question for this list is whether badgeware is 
> copacetic to Open Source.  My intuition is that giving credit to authors 
> is cheap for the value it provides, even if we're talking about screen 
> real estate or headers added to network protocols, and if it ever gets 
> expensive or unreasonable then that'll natually lead people to seek and 
> develop alternatives.  The idea of badgeware doesn't appear to be 
> opposed to forking or other essential freedoms.  So long as the author 
> of a derivative work has the right to add their own badge in some way, 
> and so long as badges don't have to be propagated to aggregate works 
> (e.g., Fedora doesn't have to add a SugarCRM logo to the whole Fedora 
> package collection just because a SugarCRM RPM is contained within), it 
> seems like a fair balance.  But it is a departure from what's accepted 
> today, and I like the drive towards a generic provision that could be 
> added to any license.

The trouble is that if you pull a chunk of code (more than a snippet,
less than the whole thing) out of a badgeware GUI/web program and
incorporate it into a program that doesn't have a graphical UI,
what then?  I find a nifty implementation of some algorithm or
other, I add it to my command-line program, how and where do I
display the badge?

John Cowan   <cowan at ccil.org>   http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
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came by, looked over my shoulder and said 'Oh, that happens to me too.
Try hanging up and phoning in again.'  --Beverly Erlebacher

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