Subject: RE: BitTorrent
From: "Lawrence Rosen" <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 10:45:05 -0700

> Guess wikipedia is wrong.

Shock and dismay! :-) Should it be fixed by the creators of BitTorrent? By
some anonymous expert changing Wikipedia in some way? Or by OSI?

Who has the most incentive to make sure that the term "Open Source" has
consistent meaning in Wikipedia? And that licenses that claim to be open
source actually are? At least we have OSI and license-discuss colleagues to
help us out.

I have similar concerns about the definition of "Open Standards" in
Wikipedia but there isn't an appropriate organization yet for that topic
that's worrying about setting it right. 

/Larry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Smith, McCoy [mailto:mccoy.smith@intel.com]
> Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 10:28 AM
> To: lrosen@rosenlaw.com; license-discuss@opensource.org
> Subject: RE: BitTorrent
> 
> On Bittorrent's web page, they say their license is a variation of
> Jabber 1.0:
> http://www.bittorrent.com/license.myt
> 
> They also claim it complies with the OSD.
> Guess wikipedia is wrong.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lawrence Rosen [mailto:lrosen@rosenlaw.com]
> Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 10:20 AM
> To: license-discuss@opensource.org
> Subject: BitTorrent
> 
> I read the following in Wikipedia:
> 
> 
> 
> The original BitTorrent application was written in Python
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_programming_language>  and its
> source
> code has been released under the BitTorrent Open Source
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source>  License (a modified version
> of
> the Jabber <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabber>  Open Source License),
> as
> of version 4.0.
> 
> 
> 
> [See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bittorrent.]
> 
> 
> 
> I wasn't aware of a version 4.0 of the Jabber Open Source License; the
> only
> Jabber license posted at OSI's website is version 1.0. Nor is a
> BitTorrent
> Open Source License posted on the OSI website.
> 
> 
> 
> I found this article through a link on the FSF website, at which they
> refer
> to BitTorrent as a "free format" that they use to post their conferences
> on
> the web. [See http://gplv3.fsf.org/av.]
> 
> 
> 
> Any further information????
> 
> 
> 
> /Larry
> 
> 
> 
> Lawrence Rosen
> 
> Rosenlaw & Einschlag, a technology law firm (www.rosenlaw.com)
> 
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> 
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> 
>                 Intellectual Property Law" (Prentice Hall 2004)
> 
>