[License-discuss] License which requires watermarking? (Attribution Provision)

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Jan 2 05:41:10 UTC 2013

Quoting Bruce Perens (bruce at perens.com):

> On 01/01/2013 02:08 PM, Ken Arromdee wrote:
> >
> >Some people use ordinary GPL on libraries with the intent of
> >crippling competing commercial reuse (since any competitors have
> >to release their source and competitors wouldn't want to do that).
> >Is the GPL also considered unfree when applied to libraries?
> No.
> Be careful to avoid confusing the creation of derivative works with
> use, which are two separate rights under copyright law.
> And although badgeware should in general be rejected, "crippling
> commercial reuse" is the wrong reason to reject badgeware.
> The reason to reject it is that it complicates simple use. 

Just a brief note:  Bruce, _you_ of all people probably are aware that
OSD #6 (discrimination against persons or groups), which I cited, does
specifically concern _use_.

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