[Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]
robilad at kaffe.org
Mon Dec 11 15:43:45 UTC 2006
Brian Behlendorf <brian <at> collab.net> writes:
> 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.
I'd say that badgerware that requires displaying and propagating trademarked
logos, is fundamentally contrary to the idea of open source, since it makes it
very hard to actually fork the code without running foul of trademark laws.
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