[CrackMonkey] Another global networked filesystem
Paul J Collins
sneakums at eircom.net
Sun Sep 17 12:27:52 PDT 2000
>>>>> "Rick" == Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> writes:
Rick> begin Paul J Collins quotation:
>> Surely those would be reasons against having the restrictions,
>> rather than for? Or am I missing something?
Rick> I think Seth is saying that Commerce Dept. is trying to
Rick> limit the loss of its policy control by limiting the
Rick> exception to a form of distribution (open source) that is
Rick> unpalateable to most programmers.
You're right. In my innocence, that view of what they were doing
never occurred to me.
Rick> Please note that Commerce's definition of "open source" for
Rick> purposes of this exception is the ideosyncratic one I just
Rick> quoted, not one that you or I would use.
Most definitely. Their definition seems to eliminate any form of
commercial software, open source or no. I had to read it a few times
to work that out. Next time something like that gets posted, I'll get
my brother to read it for me.
Rick> [...] by a strict reading, shareware would seem excluded.
Rick> But you never know for sure until the rule is applied a few
Like many parts of the law, you don't really know what applies until
you've let a few judges and lawyers give it a jolly good seeing to.
It's like the difference between a standard and what proved practical
to implement. Of course, a good standard is written by people who
bear in mind that it will have to be implemented someday.
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