[nycbug-talk] bsd is really the gpl, on grok law

Isaac Levy ike at lesmuug.org
Tue Jan 16 16:22:21 EST 2007

Hi All,

On Jan 15, 2007, at 7:31 PM, Dan Langille wrote:

>> I have just skimmed parts but he seems to say that bsd licence is
>> really very gpl like:
>> http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20070114093427179
>> If I read this right he needs his medication ajusted,
> Already seen it.  Concluded: the author wants to make a name for
> himself and has chosen to take a controversial stance.  He'll fall
> over. It has no logs.

There's holes all over this paper, however, let me point out that  
folks like this tend to miss small details:

"Open source licenses have been subject to little judicial scrutiny  
to date."


It's just been getting me angry lately, the hubris GPL people operate  
with, like we all just invented this stuff last week...

I agree with Dan, the author is just a lawyer trying to make a buzz-  
and is blinded by the idea of western capitalism, like most Business- 
turned-OSS people, looking at the world through GPL colored glasses,  
dollar signs in the eyes...  Snakeoil distribution is simply now  
picking up in the legal marketplace, nothing to get exited about.

Brendan Scott:


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