Subject: Re: Open Content woes
From: Bernard Lang <>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 19:31:28 +0200

"Viral" is clearly pejorative ... I do not need to ask an audience.

An given what journalists can do with words (see "hacker"), I do
believe that Richard's concern is well founded.

The other point is that in my opinion "viral" is a misnomer,
as was well agued by Bruce.

To me there is one obvious word that describes the propagation of the
GPL on derived work, i.e. software offsprings : "hereditary"

On Sat, Sep 25, 1999 at 12:36:56AM -0600, Richard Stallman wrote:
> This week, when giving a speech, I asked the audience whether they
> considered "viral" a term of praise or condemnation.  Only a handful
> raised their hands for praise; most of the room considered it
> condemnation.
> Since the word remains a term of insult, describing the GPL that way
> remains a kind of hostile name-calling.  (It is also, in my
> experience, usually based on a misunderstanding of what the GPL does.
> I think that is the case here.)
> You have a right to call the GPL nasty names if you wish,
> but are you sure that is what you wish to do?

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