OSBC: Life at the edge of the GPL
Posted Apr 3, 2009 21:40 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: OSBC: Life at the edge of the GPL
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Only if the client says, "We can't open source this," does Norman
recommend what he calls "shimming,"
consultant: You shouldn't try to end-run the GPL.
client: We've already decided that that's what we want to do, which is why we hired you.
consultant: Ok here's how you get away with it.
That's not how I interpret "We can't open source this." I think it's more like this:
consultant: the easiest thing to do is open source your product.
client: We can't -- it includes code copyrighted by other people and they won't let us.
consultant: Ok, if you want to publish your product at all, this is what you'll have to do:
Another form of "we can't open source this" would be, "the nature of this product is just that if we open source it we will not be able to recoup our development costs. It's either closed source or no product."
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