Subject: Re: Ransom GPL Licensing: ethically and legally viable?
From: "Brian J. Fox" <bfox@ua.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 12:34:48 -0800


   Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 11:04:44 -0800 (PST)
   From: Tom Lord <lord@emf.net>

	  Why? This seems a bit too narrow of thought. Ransom isn't free
	  software,

   Right.  And while it may be well intentioned, I don't think you can
   claim that it is a progressive step for the free software movement
   generally, or free software businesses in particular.

   [ More truth elided... ]

   That the Ransom model interferes with code re-use is a specific
   consequence of the freedoms being sacrificed.  It's bad for people
   because it gives them incentive to sacrifice liberty and community.
   It's bad for business because it raises "the transaction costs of
   cooperation".

Alert the media... I agree with Tom.

Brian
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