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Re: Licenses for DebConf6

On Mon, Nov 14, 2005 at 05:38:10PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2005 at 11:17:06PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > On Sun, Nov 13, 2005 at 04:56:37PM +0100, Francesco Poli wrote:
> > > It resembles describing charity as "investment with no return".
> > Perhaps; though there are differences. Charity does have returns: both
> > emotionally/psychologically, and in helping people get up on their feet
> > so they can trade with you / work for you / employ you in future.
> > Charitable donations might have different tax considerations too.
> > By contrast, BSD-like licenses do nothing but give up your rights.
> > Copyleft licenses do something in between -- giving up your rights in
> > the hope that others will give up there's in return.
> People get emotional/psychological benefits from giving away their free
> software work under BSD/copyleft licences too; 

Sure, but that doesn't stop it from being a give away of your rights. It
only (potentially) stops it from being an "investment with no return".

> I can't say that I understand your "by contrast" here. There are
> certainly differences, but, with the exception of tax considerations,
> most of the things you list don't really seem to be among them.

I never claimed writing free software was an investment with no return.


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