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Ocaml license - why not GPL?
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Date: 2005-01-31 (09:09)
From: skaller <skaller@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Ocaml license - why not GPL?
On Mon, 2005-01-31 at 18:59, Sven Luther wrote:

> > but in order to be able to build a thriving business I must make sure 
> > that Xavier et al. won't meet me with a team of Dobermans to settle 
> > copyright issues...
> I will not speak for Xavier et al. here, but i seriously doubt this is going
> to happen anytime soon. 

LOL! I think the problem is more difficult. Neither FSF nor INRIA
is likely to chase Alex with Dobermans. The problem will be that
the situation throws doubt on claims of ownership or authority
to licence, and that doubt may be an impediement to Alex in
selling his company's services or products. It makes no difference
if the doubts are well founded or not: the issue is with
the perceptions and biases of potential clients.

After all the GPL has been very effective through the
combined power of persuasion backed up with a threat, without
the threat ever having been carried out (AFAIK).

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