Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
go ahead... be a heretic
 
PerlMonks  

Re^2: OSS and the Profit Motive

by oknow (Chaplain)
on Mar 04, 2006 at 07:30 UTC ( #534434=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: OSS and the Profit Motive
in thread OSS and the Profit Motive

The GPL is viral. Its intent is to "infect" derivative works to prevent someone from trying to grab the rights to use and distribute the software (or other product).

I have never liked the term "viral" being associated with the GPL. I assume the term is used because a virus can be spread from one person (piece of software in this case?) to another. The GPL only "infects" its children (derivitive works). If we want to stick to biology then this is just heredity. Making the GPL sound like a disease is very misleading...

Oknow


Comment on Re^2: OSS and the Profit Motive

Log In?
Username:
Password:

What's my password?
Create A New User
Node Status?
node history
Node Type: note [id://534434]
help
Chatterbox?
and the web crawler heard nothing...

How do I use this? | Other CB clients
Other Users?
Others perusing the Monastery: (6)
As of 2014-10-01 01:45 GMT
Sections?
Information?
Find Nodes?
Leftovers?
    Voting Booth?

    How do you remember the number of days in each month?











    Results (386 votes), past polls