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Re: (OT troll) New Section: PHP

by radiantmatrix (Parson)
on Mar 03, 2006 at 19:39 UTC ( #534344=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT troll) New Section: PHP

In an answer to my last meditation, an O'Reilly employee admitted that O'Reilly is trying to control perl by using the viral GPL

You don't get how this works, do you? The GPL is viral, yes -- it's viral in a way that prevents any contributor from controlling the entire product. If O'Reilly contributes copyright-protected material to Perl, they are forced to license that contribution under the GPL. That license means that anyone is allowed to use and modify those contributions. Because they are forced to license in this way, it prevents them from controlling Perl, because they give up most of their control granted by the copyright.

In short, the GPL forces any contributing entity to give up control. BTW, everyone who has ever contributed to Perl has provided their copyright-protected material.

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