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MIT Technology Review: Copyleft Hits a Snag

Dec 21, 2005, 19:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Fitzgerald)

"No one would confuse cyber-lawyer Lawrence Lessig with Homer Simpson--symbol for all that is dumb about America. But Lessig, a professor of law at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, has spent a good deal of time lately trying to figure out how to resolve a 'doh!' moment of his own: realizing that the various intellectual property licenses that he helped design over recent years to encourage the sharing of intellectual property--a movement collectively known as 'copyleft,' in contrast to copyright--may actually prevent it.

"The problem is that the copyleft licenses, like the 'free software' licenses from which they're drawn, require that derivative works be licensed under identical terms..."

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