[CrackMonkey] Another global networked filesystem
rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Sep 17 12:14:39 PDT 2000
begin Paul J Collins quotation:
> Surely those would be reasons against having the restrictions, rather
> than for? Or am I missing something?
I think Seth is saying that Commerce Dept. is trying to limit the loss
of its policy control by limiting the exception to a form of
distribution (open source) that is unpalateable to most programmers.
Please note that Commerce's definition of "open source" for purposes
of this exception is the ideosyncratic one I just quoted, not one that
you or I would use.
You could adopt the Hanlon's Razor interpretation, and suggest the rule
was simply drafted by someone unclear on the concept -- or cleverly to
just barely allow Bernstein's victory but few others' -- or mix the two
interpretations to suit. Either way, by a strict reading, shareware
would seem excluded. But you never know for sure until the rule is
applied a few times.
Cheers, "Teach a man to make fire, and he will be warm
Rick Moen for a day. Set a man on fire, and he will be warm
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