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

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Wed Dec 13 06:30:38 UTC 2006

Lawrence Rosen wrote:

I'm curious why so many
> companies seem to want such strong attribution in UIs of other companies'
> modified software?

That's a very good question, and I don't know for sure.  However, I
think part of it is that they don't take OSD #3 seriously.  They expect
copies to have minor or non-existent changes, and want to emphasize that
they own and control the program; the accuracy of this obviously varies
considerably.  Probably the drafters didn't really fathom people
extracting code for totally unrelated use.

Matthew Flaschen

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