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OfB.biz: I GNU It

Jul 14, 2005, 01:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

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"I knew when I mentioned something negative about the GNU Project's General Public License (GPL), in my column last week, I would inevitably be accused of arguing the GPL was a bad license. I knew this would happen despite my qualification to the argument that I had released code under the GPL myself. What did not fit into that piece shall now be dealt with: is the GPL a bad license?

"The simple answer, for those interested in that, is no, it is not a bad license. The longer answer, however, is worth perusing, because a license inevitably has an impact on both the developer and the end-user. This is especially true with a license, such as the GPL, which encourages derivative works and sets requirements upon the release of those works..."

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