Subject: Re: [Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 16:22:14 -0800

Quoting John Cowan (

> The OSI Definitions don't merely contemplate certain types of software
> reuse, but *every* type of software reuse.

Which brings me to a point I'm pretty sure nobody has yet mentioned:
Given an aspiring open source licence with a "Generic Attribution"
(i.e., mandated graphical advertising) provision, what happens when
Joe/Jane Coder uses some substantive covered code from Codebase A, plus
some from Codebase B?  Does his/her derivative work need to sport _two_
advertising logos in the bottom-left corner?  With addition of
borrowings from Codebases C, D, and E, Joe/Jane would seem to have
accumulated a big enough crowd of logos for them to form a basketball
team, nicht wahr?

That doesn't seem a lot like open source to me, substantively.

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