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LinuxInsider: Only in America? Copyright Law Key to Global Free Software Model

May 18, 2006, 02:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Heather Meeker)

"Open source development has always been an international phenomenon. After all, the killer app of the movement--Linux --was born in Finland, and the quintessential dual licensing business was started in Sweden with mySQL. Companies like Red Flag have stepped up in Asia to take Linux into double-byte territory.

"The very essence of collaborative development is to break free from arbitrary or geographic barriers like the borders of the nation-state. But attempts to internationalize free software licensing--the legal paradigm as opposed to the development model--have been less successful..."

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