Subject: Re: Ransom GPL Licensing: ethically and legally viable?
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 19:46:33 +0000

on Tue, Feb 18, 2003 at 05:34:07PM -0700, Brian Shire ( wrote:
> >    Yes my previous employer uses several of my open source software
> >    projects, in addition to many other companies, but they won't
> >    donate any money earned from the 'increased productivity' into the
> >    FS pot, what motivation do they have to do so?
> > 
> > If they paid for you to develop the FS that you developed there (and
> > got compensated by them to do so), then they *have* contributed to the
> > creation of FS.  If they are benefitting from the use of FS developed
> > at other companies, that explains their motivations, and we are on the
> > way to a world of FS.  So what's the problem here?
> No company has directly contributed to the developement of this
> software(using a specific package here) besides myself (excluding
> ransom, and any code contributions in exchange for free copies).  
> Your explanation above still doesn't allow for independent software
> firms.  How are they compensated?

Let's pass an Act of $NATIONA_LEGISLATURE to ensure the continued
survival of the buggy whip industry while we're at it, no?


Karsten M. Self <>
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