Re: I don't think the GPL has any power... (none / 0) (#14)
by ebunga on Thu Mar 30, 2000 at 12:28:59 PM EST
That's correct. Usually, if a company has had something that is open source,
but later want to close it, they do it with the next release, because it is
hard to go out and say, "Okay, you're using what used to be Open Source, but
isn't. Sorry, you must destroy any and all copies of this." That is just too
hard to do.
Also, remember, the licensor may grant different licenses to different
individuals. Let's say, I wrote a new os called EbungaOS. I can grant Rusty a
license, that allows him to play with the source (assuming the OS is written in
perl), but he can't distribute it. However, since Omar's mother is so famous,
she needs to be able to restribute modifications, so I give her permission to
play with the source, and give her permission to redistribute modifications,
but say, in binary only form, as I don't think I want to release my code as
open source. And then, since Bob is such a nice guy, he can have a copy of
EbungaOS for free, but only in binary for. Three licenses for the same thing.
Now, let's say I start getting greedier. I can revoke all previous licenses,
and demand that all licensees pay a yearly fee of $10,000,000.43, or stop using
my software. Although I probably just lost any chance of getting any more
customers, and lost all customers, except for that one large corporation that
depends on my software for everything.
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