“The price of liberty is death, at least so far as free software
is concerned. Or so goes the argument in Richard Epstein’s column,
‘Why open source is unsustainable.’ It is a characteristically
provocative title, but I am unconvinced.
“The article gives two main reasons for open source’s doom. The
first is an attack on the vagueness and, somewhat paradoxically,
the imperialism Professor Epstein sees in the General Public
Licence, the licence common to most ‘free software’ and much ‘open