Subject: Re: Questions to OSI Board quorum
From: Michael Bernstein <>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 20:40:18 -0800

On Tue, 2005-11-15 at 17:44 -0800, David Barrett wrote:
> This list seems to focus exclusively on the "worst case" of some evil 
> genius tricking a bunch of brilliant but naive programmers into giving
> him code.  But this worst case simply doesn't happen in the real
> world, while the best case examples abound.

Are you kidding? The 'worst case' happen all the time in this industry,
whether you're talking about licenses, non-disclosures, non-competes,
contracts, or any other legal instrument. There is no shortage of
persons (individual or corporate) acting in bad-faith.

None of this is meant to imply that the proposers of this license were
acting in bad faith, but pointing out that the grant-back provisions in
the OVPL were ripe for abuse was entirely legitimate.

- Michael Bernstein