February 5, 2002

Open licenses for fun and profit

Author: JT Smith

NewsFactor Network writes: "A host of issues regarding open systems must be resolved if open source is to work in the real world. Although licensing is a darn good first step, we can't put everything under the GPL (General Public License). Many licenses, such as those that several corporate entities have crafted, often benefit only the companies that created them and therefore are legal snafus. What makes a fair and open license? It isn't just a single document that the parties involved possess and agree to abide by. Rather, it is a process of measurable steps, hereafter referred to as the License Process, with documentation that makes a clear distinction between demander and supplier or all possible sides in a transaction."


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