[MUD-Dev] Re: My vision for DevMUD

Jon A. Lambert jlsysinc at ix.netcom.com
Tue Nov 3 23:43:51 New Zealand Daylight Time 1998


On  3 Nov 98, ApplePiMan at aol.com wrote:
> 
> Please note that I have no problem whatsoever with maintaining 
> attributions, nor even with contributing code back to the project to the 
> degree that my company's modifications allow (that is, modifications that 
> don't constitute the "essence" of what makes my commercial venture unique 
> -- if a modification would allow any Joe to come along and easily "clone" 
> what I'm doing, it doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of making it 
> back to the project =) ). The problem is in having those things mandated, 
> and beyond that, in having to use the code under any sort of license 
> whatsoever.

I would think that many hobbyist mud admins would be offended
by any license demanding public exposure of derivative code. 

> Suppose, for instance, the DevMUD team dissolves under acrimonious 
> circumstances. I don't anticipate that, but I don't think anyone could 
> refute it's a possibility, either. Suppose there is feuding over who 
> "owns" DevMUD then (and consequently, who administrates the license my 
> commercial venture is using). Or even just suppose that at some point 
> team consensus changes and it's decided that free commercial usage isn't 
> such a good idea. The terms of my future usage of DevMUD could change so 
> drastically that it was no longer feasible for me to use the code, 
> leaving me up the proverbial creek. Such a change could effectively be 
> forcing me out of business. The mere statistical possibility of that will 
> scare off most, if not all, commercial users, I would think.
>
> If John Q. Public owns the code, those issues are no longer a concern. 
> Once it's PD, nothing you can do or say can alter my right to use it.
>

Good points.  Why not make this utterly simple and clear.

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