[License-discuss] exploring the attachment between the author and the code

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Fri Feb 28 17:37:04 UTC 2020

On Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 11:16 AM Gil Yehuda via License-discuss <
license-discuss at lists.opensource.org> wrote:

>    1. When I use open source code in my solution, I still feel that my
>    solution is mine (even though others wrote some of it).
>    2. When my code is used by others, I don't feel less attached to my
>    code. It still feels mine.

>    1. When an open source community modifies my code, when is it no
>    longer my code (grandfather's ax problem)?
> Unlike the axe, what they have modified is a copy of my code.  My copy
remains mine.  The copy of my code may or may not be mine; if only my
design is left, or not even that, it is not mine.  If the modifications
have been extensive but not overwhelming, it is "our code".

On Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 12:27 PM Christopher Sean Morrison via
License-discuss <license-discuss at lists.opensource.org> wrote:

To quote author Ursula Le Gain, “Nothing is yours.  It is to use.  It is to
> share.  If you will not share it, you cannot use it.”  Of course, I accept
> my world view is unconventional and to each their own.

I'm an Odonian too, but my feelings don't necessarily always track that
philosophy.  "We aren't born Odonian, any more than we are born civilized."

("Le Gain" is a pretty ironic typo, by the way.)

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
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