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Date: 2005-01-31 (09:26)
From: Sven Luther <sven.luther@w...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Ocaml license - why not GPL?
On Mon, Jan 31, 2005 at 08:09:45PM +1100, skaller wrote:
> 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).

Well, Alex only needs to add the right GPL exemption for merging with the
ocaml toplevel ...

Mmm, maybe not, after further though, if the incompatibility is indeed in the
QPL Clause 3b, then this will not help, since it imposes further non-GPL
restrictions on the dervied code ...


Sven Luther