[Ilugc] Laments - Followup..
- From: rajendran@xxxxxxxxxx (rajendran)
- Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 14:54:52 +0530
Free does not necessarily mean price. the 'free' in Free Software
refers to "Freedom". Many free / open source software are available
for a price. This does not mean that you cannot view / modify /
redistribute its source.
I only want clarification on this point you have made.
I have often wondered, how, under the GPL/LGPL, a software can be both
open-source AND priced.
I thought, if Company-A gave away software source code, and allowed anybody
to view/modify/redistribute, then, it would be immediately infinitely easy
for Company-B to push Company-A out of the market, by just modifying the
source notionally, and selling it for a lesser price. And, this vicious
circle would end up with the price becoming Zero Rupees / Dollars
(Interesting, Zero is the same in any currency!!!).
Or, am I missing some very important, but subtle, legal point here?
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