GPL not encouraging new technology
markj at cloaked.freeserve.co.uk
Mon Dec 2 00:04:22 UTC 2002
Niall Douglas <ned at nedprod.com> wrote:
> Proprietary software tends to get money much earlier in its
> development cycle because the workers need paying.
This does not change for free software if you are developing it
> Free software tends to get money only once it's mostly complete and mature
> because you can't sell something which isn't written yet. The only source
> of substantial funding for infant free software is government grants, and
> those really are bespoke.
And this is untrue, I believe. I'll work more on disproving it later.
> In the contracts I've worked upon, it's explicitly written that all
> rights become the purchaser's. Could be a military thing though.
I think it probably is. Normally, it is negotiable.
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