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Re^2: OSS and the Profit Motive

by chromatic (Archbishop)
on Mar 04, 2006 at 07:41 UTC ( #534435=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: OSS and the Profit Motive
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The GPL is viral.

Completely untrue. Copyright is viral.

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Re^3: OSS and the Profit Motive
by spiritway (Vicar) on Mar 04, 2006 at 08:09 UTC

    OK, perhaps I need to clarify what I meant by "viral". I did not mean, "pernicious" or "evil". I meant that the license propagates itself through its descendants. Perhaps I ought to have used the word, "genetic" as a metaphor, rather than viral. In any event, I did not mean to suggest that GPL was in any way evil or wrong. I agree with you that copyright is the culprit, not GPL.

      I'm not sure I explained my point fully. The concept of "derivative work" is the so-called viral property and that comes from copyright, not the GPL.

        No, you were quite clear. I can't lay the blame on you for this. I was simply using a very badly-conceived metaphor, one with negative connotations and that doesn't come close to describing the actual facts concerning the GPL. If anything, GPL would be more like a vaccination against the viral qualities of copyright.

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