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Re^4: OSS and the Profit Motive

by chromatic (Archbishop)
on Mar 04, 2006 at 19:38 UTC ( #534511=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: OSS and the Profit Motive
in thread OSS and the Profit Motive

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.

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Re^5: OSS and the Profit Motive
by spiritway (Vicar) on Mar 04, 2006 at 20:32 UTC

    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.

      It would be a vaccination if its terms didn't explicitly depend upon the "virus" itself. The GPL actually imposes limitations on licensed software that wouldn't exist in a system without copyright at all. I would prefer a "true vaccination" rather than a counter-virus, and as such I wrote a license of my own meant to serve that purpose. I now use it for pretty much everything.

      It, too, is a "hereditary" use and distribution license. It is not strictly speaking an "open source" license because it applies to more than software: it's intended to apply to any copyrightable work. I've finally "found" a license that I really feel good about applying to things I've authored.

      Anyhow, my point is that defining something as "viral" based on the characteristics of copyright does then apply to the GPL as well, precisely because of the way the GPL inherits some of its characteristics from copyright. It takes a license, like the one I created, that creates a sort of "protected public domain", to really innoculate against the viral properties of copyright.

      print substr("Just another Perl hacker", 0, -2);
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