Subject: Re: open source definition
From: "William C. Cheng" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 00:06:26 -0400

Bruce <> wrote:
| From: "William C. Cheng" <>
| > Is that true?  Let's say that company X made a product based on GPL'ed
| > software and sold it to company Y for $100K.  No one can get the source
| > other than company Y.  Company Y certainly won't publish the source because
| > it just paid $100K for it.
| The point I was trying to make was that nobody else could make big bucks
| on _my_ work. Your example proposes someone else trying to make a big
| mark-up on _their_own_ work, which is a different issue.
| Let's take the example of my GPL-ed "Electric Fence" malloc() debugger,
| which is sold by Red Hat and others at a reasonable price. If I found out
| that somebody was selling _my_ software for $100K, I'd just advertise a
| $5 version of my own so that nobody else would be able to take a large
| mark-up on _my_ work.

Company X can pay $5 to get your source code, add a few things to it and
call it "Planetary Defense Grid" and sell it for $100K.  Unless you pay
$100K to them, you won't know what they added.
Bill Cheng // <URL:>