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[News] Defence of GPL Licensing; Example of Bogus "Open" Licence

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Sorry, not right. An answer to Raymond’s post on the GPL

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| In general, of all the aspects of OSS that are interesting (and there are 
| many), I find the GPL family of licenses as the brightest examples of law 
| engineering, and I believe that a substantial reason for the successes of OSS 
| are dependent on it. Of course, there are other economical aspects that are 
| relevant, and I agree with the fact that OSS is in general more efficient (as 
| I wrote here, here and here). I disagree with both the premise and the 
| conclusions, however, as I believe that the set of barriers created by the 
| GPL are vital to create a sustainable market here and now, and not in an 
| hypotetical future.        


How not to play with "Open" license.

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| The iMagic OS weird EULA
| "You may not (and shall not allow any member of Your Household or any other 
| third party to): (i) copy, reproduce, distribute, relicense, sublicense, 
| rent, lease or otherwise make available the Software or any portion or 
| element thereof except as and to the extent expressly authorized herein by 
| Licensor; (ii) translate, adapt, enhance, create derivative works of or 
| otherwise modify the Software or any portion or element thereof; (iii) 
| decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer (except as and to the extent 
| permitted by applicable local law), or extract ideas, algorithms, procedures, 
| workflows or hierarchies from, the Software or any portion or element 
| thereof; (iv) use the Software or any portion or element thereof to provide 
| facility management, service bureau or similar services to third parties; or 
| (v) remove, modify or obscure any identification or proprietary or 
| restrictive rights markings or notices from the Software or any component 
| thereof. You shall keep a current record of the location of each copy of the 
| Software You make."              



OSBC: Life at the edge of the GPL

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| A problem shimming scenario is using it to attempt to undo a previous
| decision to combine software. It could be "admitting that what you did was
| problematic." If possible, try to buy a exception from the copyright holder
| instead, Norman said. Shimming is possible and might even be necessary, as in
| the case of third-party code that can't be relicensed. But the lesson is that
| companies will save time, use fewer developers, make a simpler product, and
| avoid legal bills just sticking with the copyleft.



Small Universe: LinCity-NG 2.0

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| Lincity-NG (the NG means Next Generation) is a graphical and game-oriented
| city planning simulation, now updated in version 2.0, that not only includes
| graphic enhancements but provides entire ecosystem simulation.
| Improvements went into water simulation and landscape elements, such as
| grass, trees and desert areas, which are rendered more realistically.
| Elements include various types of bridges (including for railroads), street
| surfaces and fountains. Life near tainted industrial areas isn't depicted as
| particularly pleasant, although parks help in reducing the damage.

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