Subject: Re: Three new proposed OSD terms
From: Alex Bligh <alex@alex.org.uk>
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2005 16:24:15 +0000



--On 02 March 2005 08:11 -0800 Joel West <svosrp@gmail.com> wrote:

> Am I missing something? I though open source licenses were written to
> allocate the rights to a programmer's efforts in a way that is
> enforceable in a court of law.
>
> I realize that Larry Rosen may today be a controversial figure here, but
> read his book (or that of Andrew St. Laurent) on some of the "clearly
> written" licenses. They may be appealing to a programmer, but who knows
> what a court will decide if they're ever tested? And if they make an
> attorney throw up his hands in despair, what company will use them?

A well made point.

Alex