Re: What is GNOME office?

On 20 Nov 2000 16:30:47 -0800,  wrote:
> From: Mathieu Lacage <mathieu eazel com>
> > I believe that Sun can drop their current licencing policy.
> Sun called me to discuss this policy before the OpenOffice announcement.
> I suggested that when they accept a copyright they should make a covenant
> with the contributor that Sun or its assigns would continue to make new
> versions of the software available under the present licenses (GPL or
> LGPL and SCSSL) as long as Sun or its assigns are actively developing
> the software.
> I can push a bit harder on this with their executive V.P. for software.
> Would that change improve the situation from your standpoint? Sun is
> motivated to make this partnership work.
> FSF asks for copyright assignment too, you know. They want to be able to
> change the GPL if a court strikes part of the old GPL down, they want to
> be able to bring copyright infringement suits on their own, etc.

There are however mitigating factors here:
1) The fact that formalized free software was originated by the FSF
2) Trust developed by years of good deeds
3) Lack of profit motivation since they are a non-profit (granted you
could argue the directors could try and make a cash grab but that would
seem illegal under US law and against the charter)

No for profit corporation can ever claim all of these.

JP Rosevear                             jpr helixcode com
Helix Code Inc.               

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