[d@DCC] Perils of licensing software
Brenda J. Butler
bjb at achilles.net
Tue Dec 10 17:02:04 EST 2002
On Tue, Dec 10, 2002 at 05:07:11PM -0500, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Dec 2002, Brenda J. Butler wrote:
> > Yeah, and how about _the same_ license for all the software?
> ...and we should also have governments dictate the colour of your
> house... Oops, I think Kanata did that at one point ;-)
I'm thinking more along the lines that if we had a different
license agreement for every garment in our wardrobe (or drill bit
in our tool kit), enforcement (or even compliance!) would be a bit
of a logistical nightmare.
As is the current situation for software. How many packages of
software do we have on our computers? Debian ships with several
thousand separate packages, each with its own license/copyright.
Is it reasonable (or even possible) to have the "end user" read
the individual license agreements for all of these individually
before using them?
bjb at achilles dot net
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