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Re: disturbing Bitkeeper threats

From: Daniel Berlin <dberlin_at_dberlin.org>
Date: 2005-10-12 04:51:51 CEST

On Tue, 2005-10-11 at 20:12 -0500, kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman@red-bean.com> writes:
> > On 10/11/05, Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org> wrote:
> > > So Bryan might not agree with Larry. He might simply want to keep his
> > > job,
> >
> > You're probably right, the employer probably got scared, and gave
> > Bryan a choice of either working on Mercuria or keeping his job. It's
> > probably not Bryan's fault here.
> >
> > Still, it upsets me that Larry makes such war on the open source
> > world. It's amazing what damage the mere *threat* of a lawsuit can
> > do.
>
> In this case the more immediate threat is probably the withdrawal of
> the commercial licenses. (Though without Larry McVoy or Bryan's
> employer speaking openly about what has been threatened and what
> hasn't, we can't know for sure.)

Uh, i would hope nobody would be stupid enough to buy licenses from
someone that allows them to terminate them randomly.

I imagine Larry just threatened not to allow them to *renew* them.

Welcome to the wonderful world of not owning software.

--Dan

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