synaptics driver MIT license approach
eich at suse.de
Tue May 8 13:37:24 PDT 2007
Yan Seiner writes:
> Not really insane; that's how real estate is handled. If you have a
> piece of land where ownership cannot be determined, or where the owner
> has died/disappeared and cannot be located, there is a legal framework
> in place for clearing title for the land. Otherwise the landscape would
> be dotted with parcels you couldn't anything with....
> All I'm asking is if there is a similar provision in the GPL and other
> FOSS licenses, and if not, shouldn't there be? Otherwise perfectly good
> code will be thrown out because the owner couldn't be located.
The difference is: code can be rewritten. Land cannot be 'recreated'.
Moreover this is a matter of copyright, not patent where the mere
idea of how to do something is held hostage.
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