Thanks to the author
Posted Jan 15, 2007 21:54 UTC (Mon) by proski
Parent article: BSD - The Dark Horse of Open Source, by Brendan Scott, OS Law (Groklaw)
I'm glad that this paper appeared, regardless of the merit of its arguments. It would be a loss for Free Software if some honest company or person were sued and lost over the use of Free Software. It has been widely assumed that the BSD license grants the right to relicense the software. All parties relying on that assumption should now have a chance to reevaluate their legal standing with regard to the BSD-licensed software.
It would be much worse if we first heard such arguments in court. That scenario would greatly reinforce the (unfortunately) popular fears that reliance on Free Software could "force open" one's own closed source software.
We might see some BSD-licensed software relicensed under more explicit licenses shortly. And that's a good thing. Whatever are the rules, they should be spelled out clearly to limit their abuse.
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