[pmwiki-users] Commercialism in PmWiki

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud at pobox.com
Sat Aug 26 11:33:09 CDT 2006

On Sat, Aug 26, 2006 at 05:20:20PM +0200, Carlo Strozzi wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 26, 2006 at 09:13:12PM +1200, mike moller wrote:
> > The issue for PHBs and the more so for the more intelligent of their
> > colleagues goes back to a fundamental point of contract law. There are a few
> > things that must be present in order to establish a contract that is legally
> > binding on all parties to it. 
> [...]
> Hmm, IANAL, but a few (european) lwayers I talked to consider the GPL
> to be a contract: I give you something under certain conditions, and
> those conditions may or may not involve money. So, at the very least,
> the point of the GPL not being a contract is debatable. 

I totally agree it's debatable; the degree of obligations placed
on licensees/licensors lots of licenses (both open source and not)
are still being formed.

In the case of the GPL (and perhaps it's different in Europe), Larry
Rosen[1] says that the GPL "makes the explicit point that it wants
nothing of acceptance or consideration... There is no contract."

> I'm certainly not trying to get Pm reverting is plans :-)
> I am just expressing my considerations, as he asked for on the list.
> In fact Pm may be right and I may be wrong, only time will tell.

Exactly, and I'm very thankful for the opinions and considerations.
I agree that time will tell the tale as to how successful this all is.  :-)


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