Subject: Re: Do We Need a New Evangelist
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: 30 Mar 1999 18:48:03 -0000

Ian Lance Taylor writes:
 > Free software is software which is freely available to all within the
 > community, for which nobody has any special rights.

Disagree.  Strongly.  Author has special rights.  Author can
dual-license.  Author has right to acquire good reputation and avoid
bad.  Look at all the free software licenses.  They *all* address the
need to protect reputation.  Why is public domain rarely used?
Because it has no requirement to protect reputation.  Strip
attribution?  Fine.

Rest of article relies on this point, so no need to address.

-russ nelson <>
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