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Upside: What makes software open source?

What’s the difference between a GPL-compatible and a
non-GPL-incompatible software license?”

“In the case of the version 1.6 license for Python, the
interpreted object-oriented language developed by Dutch hacker
Guido Van Rossum and the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the hacker
group charged with overseeing the Gnu General Public License (GPL),
the answer is: 20 words.

“Last week, the Python licensing debate heated up following the
release of Python 1.6 on Sept. 5. At the center of the debate is a
single “choice of law” clause inserted into the new license by the
Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), the Reston,
Va.-based research lab which administers the Python 1.6
license.”

“The clause reads, “This License Agreement shall be governed by
and interpreted in all respects by the law of the State of
Virginia.”

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