question before attempting an update on AFL

Thorsten Glaser tg at
Wed Oct 29 23:48:00 UTC 2008

Lawrence Rosen dixit:

>> But now I need something that AFAIK none of the existing OSI licenses
>> offer: an obligation to cite one of my scientific publications about the
>> toolbox in publications resulting from the use of my toolbox.
>[LR:] Such an "obligation" is contrary to open source principles. No open
>source license can require that. You can always request a citation, though;
>see below.

I tend to disagree: this is the classical case of BSD advertising clauses,
with only very slight modifications to the way it’s used/mandated but not
to the spirit behind it.

I believe no one can invent an algorithm. One just happens to hit upon it
when God enlightens him. Or only God invents algorithms, we merely copy them.
If you don't believe in God, just consider God as Nature if you won't deny
existence.		-- Coywolf Qi Hunt

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