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were it not for the fact that CopyBot was free software.

were it not for the fact that CopyBot was free software.

Posted Dec 21, 2006 17:58 UTC (Thu) by lysse (guest, #3190)
In reply to: were it not for the fact that CopyBot was free software. by ballombe
Parent article: Second Life and Open Source

You clearly chose to ignore the part of the article which describes how
the modified version of CopyBot was repackaged, redistributed and even
sold on Second Life itself. None of which would have even been legal with
closed-source software (and hence, could have been stomped on with a quick
C&D); with BSD-licensed software, it's not just legal, it's unstoppable.

Therefore, the original statement is not "non-sense" (incidentally, the
hyphen is superfluous) but quite accurate. It's the redistributive aspects
of open source licences that allowed the story to go on, not the use
aspects.


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