Small error in the last paragraph - users vs. developers license

Story: The GPLv3 Debate: Viewing The LandscapeTotal Replies: 5
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Nov 01, 2006
4:30 PM EDT
It is not even about whether Stallman is trying to tell others what to do with their code - only users can choose the license, and that must be done on its merits.

Actually, it's the developer/programmer who decides on which license to use. The user has no choice in what license the developer chooses to use for his/her creative work.

Nov 01, 2006
4:52 PM EDT
Thanks for pointing that out. I've corrected it.

Nov 02, 2006
3:44 PM EDT
License is an agreement - both sides have to "choose", actually. But when there's only one choice (e.g. when the code is offered under GPL only), it gets reduced to "developer decides".

That's how I see it, anyway.

Nov 02, 2006
4:11 PM EDT
Well, my intent was to refer to the one choosing which license to use for distributing their software. That is usually the developer. ;-) Anyway, I have to thank alisonken1 for pointing out the need for clarification.

Nov 04, 2006
7:58 PM EDT
More precisely, it's the copyright owner -- and only the copyright owner -- who decides how the code is licensed. For example, if the developer works for a company that creates and sells software, it's likely that the developer signed an agreement giving the company rights to all the programs he writes while on the job, so in this case the company owns the copyright, and so gets to write the license, even though the developer wrote the code.

Nov 04, 2006
8:36 PM EDT
That's correct. I ain't changing again though. People should, by now, know what I'm getting at. ;-)

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