Open Source Licenses and Embrace-Extend-Extinguish
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Thu Feb 14 17:49:22 UTC 2008
Arnoud Engelfriet wrote:
> Right. The more common way to enforce this type of restriction is
> to tightly control access to the specification doc and only release
> it to people who sign a contract promising to adhere fully to the
> spec and nothing else. And of course to keep the spec confidential.
But that doesn't prevent people that never see the spec doc from
reverse-engineering it. You have no way to control them, except
patents, trademark, or DMCA. Anyway, I think all of this is contrary to
OSI's purpose. Embrace and extinguish is certainly undesirable, but OSI
doesn't want a /license/ that prevents it.
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