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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <>
Subject Re: voting on license issue
Date Sat, 14 Sep 2002 16:55:33 GMT
Opps, sorry, wrong list :-/

Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:
> Ovidiu Predescu wrote:
>> Again, I think we need to ask ourselves what is the role and the scope 
>> of Do we want to promote Cocoon as an application 
>> framework by attracting as many app developers as possible? Or do we 
>> try to offer a lot more, and demand from the app developers a lot 
>> more, in terms of licenses, copyright assignments and so on? I think 
>> going down the latter is dangerous, and IMO should not go down that 
>> path as we might actually loose developers. 
> But:
>  > On Thursday, September 12, 2002, at 04:57  PM, Andrew C. Oliver wrote:
>  >
>  >> What advantage does this give a project?  Well
>  >> they do depend on the benevolence of the legal
>  >> entity but I don't think
>  >> thats a big problem.  But say one contributer decides to patent a key
>  >> part of his code...what happens?  You're screwed.
>  >
>> Possible interested companies might decide to look elsewhere if they 
>> have to give up their copyrights and use a license they don't want to.
> This is theorical.
> Practically, the majority use GPL or ASL ar anyway delegate the legal 
> property to an external entity.
> It's a matter of defending the programmers that join the effort with 
> guarantees.
> The ASL license makes it possible for companies that want to 
> close-source the product do it anyway, they don't loose anything.
> As I said, I'm open to many possibilities, but they should be decided 
> each time as special cases.
> OS needs trust, and SF has become what it is now only because it was 
> able to build trust.
> The facts can show that this is not the right route, and that many want 
> to keep their name on the license... so far I've seen the opposite, anf 
> JCharts has *explicitly* asked for a Foundation to take over the code.
> Many don't want the legal burden.
> As for companies that want their way, if they pay...

Nicola Ken Barozzi         
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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