Posted Apr 7, 2005 16:55 UTC (Thu) by bos
In reply to: Actually, no
Parent article: Linus on the BK withdrawal
The guy in question (a) was obnoxious and (b) had said in advance that he wanted to clone BK, so of course they didn't sell him a license. People like that can be a major support burden, and often cost a lot more to deal with than one can make off licensing and support fees.
What occurs *after* someone buys a license is an entirely different thing, because there's then a well-defined legal agreement in place that puts specific obligations on both parties.
As to whether Larry would ignore it if he discovered that a paying customer was working on cloning BK, I'd expect that to depend on the circumstances (surprise, surprise). I do know that a number of companies have bought BK licenses, with Larry's foreknowledge and assent, explicitly so that their employees could continue to work on competing open source SCM tools.
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