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Re: Additional promise to the MCA



>>>>> "MARK" == MARK CALLAGHAN <mdcallag@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

MARK> On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Arjen Lentz <arjen@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi Monty, Henrik
>> On 07/10/2009, at 12:34 AM, Michael Widenius wrote:
>>> I still think it's quite long and not much easier to understand that
>>> what we have now:
>>> "Monty Program Ab agrees that when it dual licenses code, it will not
>>> restrict the way the third party licensee uses the licensed copy of
>>> the code nor restrict how they use their own code. "
>> In that case you might as well just keep it all GPL or BSD and sell it
>> rather than dual licensing?
>> Then the recipient has all the normal GPL or BSD rights and obligations that
>> apply to the rest of the code anyway, without need for extra licensing
>> texts.
>> Dual would only make sense for discrete/distinct components, but even there
>> it might be easier to just have it be GPL or BSD.
>> People come back to the original company for expertise/customisation anyway,
>> as they're the experts. As long as the service is good.
>> There's also no incentive to like republish stuff, as that wouldn't be the
>> core business of the client company. They wouldn't have interest in that.

MARK> It is easier to contribute code using BSD/GPL than MCA/SCA when
MARK> working at a large company. People responsible for IP at such
MARK> companies understand the BSD and GPL. When presented with a new and
MARK> unique agreement such as the SCA or MCA, they must evaluate the
MARK> agreement. That takes time and money.

MARK> But Monty Program accepts code under MCA or BSD, so this isn't an issue for me.

Yes, it shouldn't be a problem for you.

However, the above promise is still relevant for you, as it gives you
information of how we are going to work with the code you donate.

It would be nice if Sun also could work with BSD, but we have learned
the hard way that they don't accept code under the BSD license :(

Anyway, we come up with a workaround to safely be able to donate code 
to Sun, so now we can finally start to submit them some bug fixes.


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