[Fsf-friends] India eyes own open-source license
Frederick Noronha (FN)
Thu May 12 00:44:31 IST 2005
India eyes own open-source license
By Michael Kanellos, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: May 11, 2005, 4:00 AM PT
MUMBAI, India--In the seemingly never-ending quest to balance openness with
profits, one of India's more influential professors is devising yet another
open-source licensing program.
Deepak Phatak of the Indian Institute of Technology has kicked off an effort to
create the Knowledge Public License, or KPL, a licensing program that will let
programmers share ideas with one another while at the same time allowing them
to retain the rights to their own software modifications. The license will
likely function much like the Berkeley Software Distribution or the MIT License
programs, he added.
The idea is to create an environment where developers can take advantage of the
collaborative power of the open-source movement while giving individuals the
ability to exploit their own twists.
Ideally, such a program could also help ease the raging tensions between the
open-source software movement and proprietary software companies.
"The free software people are afflicted by what I call the J factor, which is
the jealousy factor. The proprietary people are afflicted by the G factor, the
greed factor. They want to maximally extract money from the world," Phatak said
in an interview here. "I am working to tell the world, 'Please permit these
groups to coexist peacefully and harmoniously. There is a tremendous advantage
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