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CPAL is Not an Open Source Poison Pill for Facebook

Jun 04, 2008, 15:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"A pair of my colleagues forwarded me a pitch today titled, 'Disappointing: Facebook Does Open Source like Microsoft.' It's an 'interesting' email pitch--it's a pity I wasn't contacted directly.

"Essentially what the pitch (which came from Bob Bickel Founder, Ringside Networks by way of PR firm techmarket) alleges is that the CPAL is a poison pill for open source code.

"'The poison pill in this license agreement is that anyone using the Facebook code as part of something else, and puts that up on a website, would need to make all of the code open source,' Bickel wrote in his email pitch..."

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