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Re: Open Software License v2.1

On Tue, Sep 21, 2004 at 02:43:01PM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> > It's 
> > critically different from a copyleft, because there there isn't a
> > pre-existing property right.
> Actually, yes there is: it's called copyright.  The default in copyright law
> is that a derivative work can only be published with the argreement of the
> work's actual author *and* the authors of all works of which it is a
> derivative work.

And that you have neither by default. Unless you accept this license,
you may not release a derivative work.

This is a very different scenario, where you could perform certain
actions until you accepted the license. Your freedom has been reduced
in a fundamental manner by this license. A copyleft license in no
manner reduces your freedom; after accepting the license, you can do
everything that you could do before you accepted the license (and you
can also do some things that you couldn't).

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