Linked by David Adams on Fri 17th Dec 2004 18:20 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Editorial The real heart of open source lies in its potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, the capacity to leverage the talent and abilities of an entire community of developers and users who are striving towards a common goal, according to an editorial at Linux Insider.
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by karl on Sun 19th Dec 2004 10:34 UTC

Would you care to address the issue which was raised ?

I'll admit the sentences are somehwat long and that I made a number of spelling errors in my original post but neither of these can account for not addressing the issue at hand.

FOSS emodies a confrontation with the definition of private property-at its base it is a reformulation of the concept of property and the conceptualization of property and the consensus about what constitutes property and how the relationship of public-private is understood is the basis of society itself.

This challenge consists therein that there is no legal or jurisprudence tradition which can adequately cope with copyleft. Inevitably the courts will have to develop a tradition of coping with copyleft and in so doing the understanding of copyright(patens and PROPERTY) will change.

If you disagree with what I am saying here please tell me why. I can't believe that this issue is so difficult to comprehend. Oh and just for the record I did not come to this conclusion based on some kind of political agenda-such became clear after having read court documents written by judges who attempted to make decisions where the GPL was called into question. Their inability to deal with copyleft was humourous and enlightening at the same time...

You may resort to calling me a FOSS fanatic or zealot or refer to such as "my religion". I honestly couldn't care less. I am honestly inspired by the fact that millions of people around the world have embraced software licenses which cannot be adequately dealt with by any pre-existing legal or jurisprudence system. At this point the judges cannot rule against these licenses because far to much is at stake.

I find it fascinating that without any overt political goal something has come into being which has profound legal and societal ramifications. The fact that these licenses have been embraced and our producing the effect that I am describing is not due to any particular political ideology-but it is due to certain values shared by many which are not accounted for in our jurisprudence system-values which are intimately intertwined with issues of indidividual liberty-values which form the basis of the "community".

Quit digging yourself deeper and deeper in a hole of endless recrimination and address the issue at hand or explain why it is, for you, a non-issue.