[clug-talk] Article on Licensing
jarrod at digitaldemesne.net
Mon Nov 22 13:29:37 PST 2004
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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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