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License

The GPL [15], Modified BSD [16], and similar licenses are based on using the copyright rights but exploiting the copyright holder's right to distribute rather than the right to exclude.

Open source has whole religious sects based around various licenses. Endless discussions and flame wars occur between non-lawyers that last for days at a time. The famous joke is:

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the
edge, about to jump off.  I immediately ran over and said "Stop!  Don't
do it!"

"Why shouldn't I?"  he said.

I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!"

"Like what?"

"Well ...  are you religious or atheist?"

"Religious."

"Me too!  Are you Christian or Jewish?"

"Christian."

"Me too!  Are you Catholic or Protestant?"

"Protestant."

"Me too!  Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?"

"Baptist."

"Wow!  Me too!  Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the

Lord?"

"Baptist Church of God."

"Me too!  Are you Original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed
Baptist Church of God?"

"Reformed Baptist Church of God."

"Me too!  Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879,
or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?"

"Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!"

To which I said, "Die, heretic scum!"  and pushed him off.


root 2004-02-10