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FairfaxIT: Let's get real on copyleft

Apr 19, 1999, 19:55 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

"AMONG all the hype surrounding the rise of Open Source, the humble origin of the movement is often lost. In fact, a simple legal document gave birth to the current situation."

"That document is the General Public Licence (GPL), otherwise known as "copyleft", and it has engendered a variety of imitators which are being accepted on their own terms."

The GPL is the most generous and rigorous of the intellectual property protections that seek to allow programmers and users to benefit from the collaborative efforts of a group. Strictly speaking, the GPL falls into the category of Free Software, not Open Source, although much of that latter movement is derived from the former."

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