[ILUG-BOM] India eyes own open-source license

sherlock at antispam sherlock@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Thu May 12 11:11:22 IST 2005

On Thursday 12 May 2005 00:49, Frederick Noronha (FN) wrote:
> http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5701861.html
> India eyes own open-source license
> By Michael Kanellos, CNET News.com
> Published on ZDNet News: May 11, 2005, 4:00 AM PT
> MUMBAI, India--In the seemingly never-ending quest to balance
> openness with profits, one of India's more influential professors
> is devising yet another open-source licensing program.
> Deepak Phatak of the Indian Institute of Technology has kicked off
> an effort to create the Knowledge Public License, or KPL, a
> licensing program that will let programmers share ideas with one
> another while at the same time allowing them to retain the rights
> to their own software modifications. 

the gpl automatically retains the copyrights of the creator with the 
creator. The creator assigns these rights to others. He can also 
provide the same work with any other licence he chooses. What the gpl 
specifically disallows is taking this code and using it without 
providing the recipients the rights granted by the contributor and 
contributors with accreditation etc. Nothing prevents you or me from 
obtaining a piece of code under a different licence form the copyright 
holder. With all due respect to the justifiably lauded Prof. Pathak, 
I see this licence as yet another (doomed) attempt like the Sun licence.
What commercial organisations would love to do is get their hands on 
other's work without having to do the hardwork or paying. 
IMO you can take copyrighted code, read it and REIMPLEMENT it 
independently. But that would be incredible hard with gpld code because 
gpld code resolves quickly with the most optimal solution. Recoding 
would mostly end up with a much less than optimal solution, not 
counting other very MAJOR cost factors like testing and documenting 
and paying for people who can actually think.
IMO its not the licence but the bussiness model which needs 
some creative thinking.


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