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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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    [james28909]: check if it is a hash or an array ect with ref in one sub.
    [james28909]: like all the subs calling get_data get_array get_ect, you could just use get_data. once you send the data to get_data, check if it is a hash or an array ect. and do functions for each, in one sub
    [james28909]: that looks like it would be alot more work than just renaming the sub though lol
    [Lady_Aleena]: james28909, did you even look at the subs?
    [james28909]: yes
    [Lady_Aleena]: And you see how the first two are vastly different than the third, right?

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