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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Legal question about (re)licensing
Date Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:27:57 GMT
Thanks Claudio,

About "more freedom."  That makes no sense out of context.

My interpretation is that the "more freedom" of [L]GPL is related to no fear of commercial
exploitation without giving back.  It is about freedom from that fear, if that's what the
main concern is.  It does not ensure that you'll ever see or know of a derivative work, even
if it is done completely in compliance with [L]GPL.  The freedom to see code and to modify
it doesn't seem any different with respect to code released under the ASF, including Apache

For me, personally, I prefer ALv2 because it grants to others the same rights I have except
for the copyright itself.  (I also don't need to provide attribution when I reuse my own work,
although I do so anyhow in accounting for the provenance of all code.)  ALv2 (and the BSD
license) also makes it simpler for people to know what they can do with the work without fear
of infringement.  That's what I want others to have reduced fear of.

Clearly, other contributors to open-source work will make that call differently, and that
is why there are a variety of open-source licenses.  

Being accountable for having clear provenance of the code is an independent consideration.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Claudio Filho [] 
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2012 14:31
Subject: Re: Legal question about (re)licensing


2012/4/29 Dennis E. Hamilton <>:
> I am not certain what this has to do with the original question.


Right! My question was more about one (of many) "advantage" (or
fallacies) of LibO use, where they said that with their code "you have
more freedom", where in true, haven't a QA in good state for support
more that the final users. Or, in other words, isn't a good strategy
to who wish to do a software evolution or integrate new features
because haven't a legal clear environment, as Rob said (if i
understand correctly, Rob).

And how you said, Dennis, is more a curiousity point that effectivelly
a problem, because for me also is indiferent the actions from them.

Thanks for both.


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