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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> question: GPL or OPL?
Brett Shand on Tue, 30 Jul 2002 05:56:01 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> question: GPL or OPL?

On 29 Jul 02, at 10:12, pankalia {AT} netscape.net wrote:

> does anybody knows the difference between GPL and OPL?. 

As far as I understand it (and by all that is merciful I am not a lawyer) 
the OPL (which includes both the Open Publication License and the 
Open Content License) relates to the publication of "high quality, well 
maintained" content on the web. The license says:

"In plain English, the [OPL] license relieves the author of any liability 
or implication of warranty, grants others permission to use the 
Content in whole or in part, and insures that the original author will be 
properly credited when Content is used. It also grants others 
permission to modify and redistribute the Content if they clearly mark 
what changes have been made, when they were made, and who made 
them. Finally, the license insures that if someone else bases a work on 
OpenContent, that the resultant work will be made available as  
OpenContent as well." (see: http://www.opencontent.org/).

The GPL relates to sharing software. There are several GNU public 
licenses, and CopyLeft is one of them, but basically they ensure that 
when software is copied in any medium and then changed that the 
freedom to change the software must be passed on to the next level 
of users/developers. All you wanted to know and much more than you 
wanted to know is at:


"Obey little, resist much." Walt Whitman

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