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On Copyright Assignment

A little while back, Michael Meeks published a lengthy piece about copyright assignment (not nearly as lengthy as the articles he links to on untangling Wittgenstein’s net). Go on, read it (Michael’s stuff, not the net). It’s worth your time. … Continue reading

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On removing GPL code

Last week, Diego Iastrubni asked removing GPL code, prompted by MonoDevelop’s announcement that it had removed all the GPL code in its codebase, thus opening the road to proprietary plugins. Well Diego, there’s an app organization for that. Depending on … Continue reading

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Understanding Licenses, bit by bit (4)

It took a little while, but I wrapped up the licenses-as-icons with a summary in tabular form. It’s not on this blog, because I don’t know how to pull in fancy CSS and tables into wordpress. Instead, it lives on … Continue reading

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Understanding licenses, bit by bit (2)

Thanks to all those who commented on my recent proposal to “iconify” licenses. That is, representing the essential terms of various Free Software licenses as icons so you can quickly get a feel for their meaning. This is, in the … Continue reading

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Understanding licenses, bit by bit

An idea that is suggested every now and then is to look at software licensing and give it a kind of “Creative Commons” feel; that is, present the terms of the license in a pleasant and orderly way by means … Continue reading

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Doing it right (on the wrong side of town)

Ah, the Powder Blues band. Apologies, mostly. I know a place on the wrong side of town, Where the band width is cookin and they’re loading on down, Joe compiles like his souls on fire, Baking a new firmware for … Continue reading

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Back from EOLE

Wednesday I was at the European Parliament building for the EOLE. The event is a medium-sized (say 60 attendees) legal oriented event around Free Software; this year it featured a track full of definitional goodness — let’s try to formulate … Continue reading

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Looking at Licenses – LLVM

I was surfing around — you know, the usual sequence of Slashdot, Groklaw, random linked articles — and encountered the LLVM license (actual license text). I thought I would take a moment to look at this one and compare it … Continue reading

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Free Software but not Open Source

It is possible for software to be Free Software (in the sense of GPL version 2 compatible), and yet not satisfy the requirements of the Open Source Initiative for being an Open Source license. This is an obscure corner case … Continue reading

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Sounds like GPLv2

The GPL version 2 was written back in 1991, in some sort of “plain english”. At least the intention was to write a clear document that allows recipients of a copyrighted work (e.g. a compute program in source code form) … Continue reading

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