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Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

Posted Jan 31, 2013 15:44 UTC (Thu) by nybble41 (subscriber, #55106)
In reply to: Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture by etienne
Parent article: Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

You have an amazingly broad interpretation of "harm". It seems to consist of making up things which others own you, for no rational reason I can see, and then reading any failure to provide you with what you want for free as "harm".

Others are under no obligation to give you back a copy of software you've written, in source or binary form, just because you were so careless as to misplace it or the means of compiling it. Others are under no obligation to make it easy for you to duplicate /their/ work in developing extensions to your software.

While there are many ways to define "harm", the justifiable responses to "harm" are restricted to those proportional to the offense. Even if one granted that "embrace-and-extend" harms the original author of the software, injunctions, fines, and the like are well outside the limits of proportional response.


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