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Why does anyone care what Merkey thinks?

Why does anyone care what Merkey thinks?

Posted Oct 14, 2004 7:41 UTC (Thu) by vblum (guest, #1151)
In reply to: Why does anyone care what Merkey thinks? by BrucePerens
Parent article: Buying the kernel

(a) Merkey's suggestion was truly entertaining [how could anyone familiar with Linux development ever come up with such an idea?]

(b) Merkey's proposal is a great pretext for the excellent summary above: how distributed copyright and the GPL together play together.

A good many people still do not understand what the GPL actually means, and how copyright works with it to ensure that no one can legally abduct this type of free software project even by a large-scale bribery. This is the "insurance policy" which gives a lot of (normally) competitors enough trust into one another to work openly.

Again, I still encounter too many people who do not understand the value of this arrangement. Nice summary, Jon.


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