Subject: Re: Why software patents are bad
From: Ben Laurie <>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 19:25:10 +0100

"Karsten M. Self" wrote:
> We discussed this in the IEEE SW column and discussion.  IMO copyleft
> provides a stronger return of development gains than other, less
> restrictive, licenses.  The companies which find the poison pill terms
> unpalatable will likely be in the minority.  I suspect they'll face
> competitive disadvantage.  Yes, there are alternatives, and there is
> software not covered by the license (Apache is dual licensed, BTW, under
> Artistic and GPL, AFAIK).

Oh, no, it isn't! Apache is licensed under a BSD-style licence (which
RMS may be pleased to hear has recently been modified to reduce the
advertising clause's effects).

Perhaps you are thinking of Perl?




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