Subject: Re: Opportunity lost? Challenge declined!?
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 10:21:46 -0400 (EDT)

Theoretical economists, sigh.

Stephen J. Turnbull writes:
 > Going for two-for-two....
 > >>>>> "rn" == Russell Nelson <> writes:
 >     >> And not all proprietary code removes the freedom to fork.  It
 >     >> just ups the price to greater than zero.
 >     rn> Even if the price was zero, you still wouldn't have the
 >     rn> freedom to fork.  If the code is proprietary, then by
 >     rn> definition you cannot make a unlateral decision to fork it.
 > That depends on the license.  AFAICT, the AFPL permits you to fork
 > Aladdin Ghostscript any time you like.  [ You just can't sell it. ]

But does that make the code proprietary?  You could also argue that
the GPL prohibits you from selling code as well.  If you have no
proprietary rights to something, how can you sell it at a marginal
price greater than zero even if you bundle it with something else?

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