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Re: New 'Public Domain' Licence

On Wed, Jun 08, 2005 at 12:59:23AM -0700, Michael K. Edwards wrote:
> On 6/7/05, Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org> wrote:
> > The GPL deliberately places obstacles to code reuse: it disallows reuse by
> > projects that don't release every bit of linked code (more or less) under
> > a GPL-compatible license, in the hope of increasing code reuse in the long
> > term.  I believe that to be a simple, obvious statement of fact, and not one
> > that anyone should be offended by: the GPL restricts use of code, to use
> > free software as an incentive for other authors to place their own works
> > under GPL-compatible licenses.
> The GPL's drafters profess to believe this statement about the GPL and
> linked code; but it is not true under US law as I understand it, and

Even if your claims are true, it would still require going to court to prove,
and until somebody successfully does that, very few people are going to go
against the FSF's claims.  So, as a matter of actual practice, my statement

> yin-yang.  My essay on this topic is rather long, is still in draft,
> and might find a more formal publication channel, so I'm disinclined


(Sorry, that was low.  :)

Glenn Maynard

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