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Links 1 through 10 of 99 by Simon Phipps tagged licensing

I still don't understand why anyone who understands open source and software freedom would think this is a good idea.

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Bradley Kuhn of the Software Conservancy is clearly opposed both to Project Harmony's work products and sponsors. "In short, Project Harmony is a design-flawed solution looking for a problem."

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Stephen Walli of the Outercurve Foundation seems happy with the results. "The Harmony Project is an attempt to provide some clarity to the discussion by creating a set of usable documents (with their guide, Creative Commons-style agreement generator, and FAQ) and the first version of the documents will be a stake in the ground to anchor debate for some time. I’ve great confidence that the agreements will continue to evolve with discussion and debate, and the core Harmony team should be applauded for their efforts to date."

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The first part of the article by Richard Fontana of Red Hat. "Despite my admiration, respect and affection for those who have been driving Harmony, I cannot endorse the product of their work. I believe Harmony is unnecessary, confusing, and potentially hazardous to open source and free software development."

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The second part of the article by Richard Fontana of Red Hat. Richard declares the whole Harmony project misguided.

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Here finally is the Harmony website complete with the release version of the agreements, largely hidden behind a form-driven wizard. I'd suggest you consider all forms the the CAA to be bad for your community, and only the first two variants of the CLA - with fixed and limited outbound licenses - to be usable (carefully) without harm assuming you have decided that some form of copyright accumulation is unavoidable.

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When a large business stalls, it falls back onto dirty tricks and ethically questionable but legal moves to generate cash and scare competitiors. Microsoft has been in this state for quite some time. Watch for them to explain how they still love open source but... (looking at you, Gianugo)

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Richard Stallman does not believe that copying the headers alone from a GPLed file creates a derivative work.

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While OpenLogic understandably has an interest in promoting their services to companies engaged in the development of commercial software, I'd suggest their implication that open source is in some way a special case here is over-stated. Any product that's built using input software written by others needs careful management of the terms under which the copyright is licensed.

That needs careful management processes which are applicable regardless of whether the software is licensed blilaterally under proprietary terms or multilaterally under open source terms. They seem to be asserting that the new smartphone market includes a lot of inexperienced developers who don't realise that. It's surely more a function of the immaturity of the market and its participants than specifically of open source, which is really only implicated here because it's OpenLogic's business, their marketing stunt and the transparency open source brings.

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I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by this, but I am shocked at just how blatantly disdainful BSA are of both their customers and of the government. Asserting that open standards are bad for you is so obviously ridiculous - not to mention orthogonal to most of their members' publicly-stated positions - that BSA just looks ludicrous here.

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