[d@DCC] Perils of licensing software
kris at melon.org
Wed Dec 11 02:37:39 EST 2002
On Tue, Dec 10, 2002 at 10:44:03PM -0500, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> Please do not believe for a second that any attempt to "simplify"
> software licensing will do anything other than harm or threaten the very
> existence of FLOSS. It is only because such diversity can exist in
> software licensing that Free Software exists at all!!
Indeed, and in a properly competetive marketplace, there shouldn't be
any need to enforce any such "simplifications". Businesses will figure
out the most opoular license terms, and want to stick with them in order
to attract the larger market share. Additionally, being able to inform
users what the terms of their purchase are in 1 (probably incomplete)
sentence is a(n admittedly minor) selling point.
Kristofer Coward http://unripe.melon.org/
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