[clug-talk] Article on Licensing

Jarrod Major jarrod at digitaldemesne.net
Mon Nov 22 13:29:37 PST 2004


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http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1730779,00.asp

What do people think about this? I know that I have been reading up on this 
topic. There has been more interest in Creative Commons as well.

With the contention over Intellectual Property this certainly feels like an 
issue that is likely to get worse before it gets better. SCO was only the 
start. Last week there was the news about MS threatening litigation against 
Asian governments using Linux. Both are issues about IP violations.

Most of us know this to be FUD but it begs the deeper question: are our 
licenses strong enough? Or more importantly, can programming constructs that 
we rely upon actually be copyrighted or patented or otherwise deemed as 
something that can be licensed? It makes my head spin thinking about the 
legal ramifications. Groklaw is great for explaining some of these issues but 
this is so entrenched where does one begin to fathom it all? Where does one 
start to fight for fair use of copyrighted material or IP?

This is one area where I would like to see a champion.

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