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

“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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