license suggestions?

Rainer Deyke root at
Mon Jul 9 12:03:17 EDT 2001

"Steve Holden" <sholden at> wrote in message
news:Fij27.24993$F%5.1707320 at
> And some of us wonder what it is about the GPL that stops your previous,
> liberally-licensed, version from existing?

Given: software A is released under the BSDL.  Somebody creates an improved
version of it (software B) and releases it under the GPL.

A still exists.  But B is better than A, so people will be more likely to
use B than A.  A still exists, but A is competing with a better version of
itself.  New programmers will be more likely to improve B than A, because
they don't want to duplicate effort.  The original author is unable to
incorporate the improvements to A in future software C unless C is released
under the GPL.

Rainer Deyke (root at
Shareware computer games           - 
"In ihren Reihen zu stehen heisst unter Feinden zu kaempfen" - Abigor

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