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Re: Attorney fees

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Attorney fees
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 15:41:38 +0200
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John Hasler <> writes:

> David Kastrup writes:
>> If you are the sole distributor, you can put on any price tag you want on
>> the media.
> But every time you sell a copy under the GPL you create a potential
> competitor.
>> And if you are the sole _author_, you can put on any licensing terms
>> you want on subsequent versions.
> The competitors you created in step one can create competing GPL
> versions with the same features.

That's a nice theory.  In practice, you can't hope to keep pace with the
original authors in almost any case unless development died altogether
or they left.

Software history points to almost no significant survival of forks.
When the competition is not mainly distribution but also development,
the air grows rather thin rather fast.

Many projects don't survive the original authors leaving (or even just
aging) even without forking or competition.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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