[MUD-Dev] Re: My vision for DevMUD
Jon A. Lambert
jlsysinc at ix.netcom.com
Tue Nov 3 14:12:20 New Zealand Daylight Time 1998
> From: Adam J. Thornton <adam at phoenix.Princeton.EDU>
> Subject: [MUD-Dev] Re: My vision for DevMUD
> On Tue, Nov 03, 1998 at 08:25:53PM +1100, Thandor wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 03, 1998 at 12:20:57AM -0800, Jon Leonard wrote:
> > > 2) The licence should by default be public domain. This provides the least
> > > impediments to using the code for experimentation. Allowing some modules
> > > with different licenses is useful for reusing existing code.
> > Hmm, I would argue that a LGPL style license where people are "forced" to
> > contribute back should they make changes would be of more benefit if the
> > goal is to learn from this experiment. I say LGPL because this leave no
> > barriers to someone using the modules and linking them with their own to
> > make a commercial product. That seems to me to be a more logical way of
> > doing things, but I could be wrong. :)
> I don't like either of these and prefer something in the middle. LGPL is
> much too restrictive, but PD isn't restrictive enough, since it doesn't
> necessarily keep a record of the code's past ownership.
> There's got to be a middle ground. From what I remember about the Artistic
> License I liked it a lot. Something along the lines of "do what you want
> with it, but document how you changed it after you got it, and don't take
> anyone's name off of it."
> If these were the only two choices I'd go for PD, though.
I would like to voice my support for PD over any licensing scheme
that contains a G in it's acronym. I agree with Adam that it is
far too restrictive. I find the middle ground of a license that has a B
in it's acronym to be acceptable also. :)
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