Rosen also thinks GPL needs "I agree" click-through
Posted Jul 27, 2004 22:55 UTC (Tue) by nealr
In reply to: Rosen also thinks GPL needs "I agree" click-through
Parent article: Choosing an open source license (NewsForge)
OK.. I agree with that. It would put other down-the-line distributors in a tenuous position....
But, that is somewhat trumped by the fact that only the copyright holder has any standing to enforce a license, and if they are distributing code with multiple licenses that some pointy-headed lawyer decides conflict in some meaningless way.... the down-the-line distributors have nothing to fear (except their own paranoia) since the copyright holders distributed it themselves. (This was your point... but I would say that you are worrying too much).
It's good practice to put in the exceptions.
Which begs the question of why RMS decided NOT to put an exception in the GPL allowing the 4-clause BSD license to be compatible. I think it was his own hubris and personal agenda.
The advertizing clause is hardly an undue burden. If you are writing a paper and you want to reference another, you must properly attribute it. Same concept. As to why RMS decided that proper attribution is against free-software is beyond me.
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