[Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Dec 14 00:22:14 UTC 2006
Quoting John Cowan (cowan at ccil.org):
> The OSI Definitions don't merely contemplate certain types of software
> reuse, but *every* type of software reuse.
Which brings me to a point I'm pretty sure nobody has yet mentioned:
Given an aspiring open source licence with a "Generic Attribution"
(i.e., mandated graphical advertising) provision, what happens when
Joe/Jane Coder uses some substantive covered code from Codebase A, plus
some from Codebase B? Does his/her derivative work need to sport _two_
advertising logos in the bottom-left corner? With addition of
borrowings from Codebases C, D, and E, Joe/Jane would seem to have
accumulated a big enough crowd of logos for them to form a basketball
team, nicht wahr?
That doesn't seem a lot like open source to me, substantively.
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