Subject: Re: Intellectual Property Reform
From: "Jim Wright" <JimWright@telecom.cz>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 04:08:29 +0100

Checkout http://devlinux.org/ on the subject of less extreme licensing than
GPL, allowing developers to make some profit. Aladdin Licence of
ghostscript is an example mentioned by the author, Stig Hackvan, who is
writing/has written a bookon the subject.

Anyway, must go. After a brief period of lurking I have unsubscribed.

Jim Wright

----- Original Message -----
From: Kevin A. Burton <burton@openprivacy.org>
To: Free Software Business <fsb@crynwr.com>
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 10:44 AM
Subject: Intellectual Property Reform


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> Just some things I have been thinking of.
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> Ever since the source code for Quake 2 was released
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> http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/12/22/053211&mode=thread
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> I have been really thinking about this issue.
>
> I think ID software did a GREAT job here.  They made money and at the same
time
> contributed back to the community.
>
> I would have NO problem within having a system of copyright for software
that
> expired after 3-5 years and required that the source code go back to the
public.
>
> I think that Open Source would still exist in this world, as it should.
However
> I think this would also enable a marketplace for software vendors (like
Ximian
> or TheKompany, etc) who wanted to charge $$$ for their products yet at the
same
> time avoid having to ship binary-only software.
>
> What would be necessary to see this happen?  I would assume that this
would need
> discussion and political backing to actually happen.  Of course Microsoft
would
> lobby HARD against this.
>
> Also.  Could this be a strategic advantage for some companies?  Ship your
code
> in source form and the license would become GPL after X years...
>
> Good night.y
>
> Kevin
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