Contributed by mk/reverse on from the lawyers-lawyers-lawyers dept.
JOS (openjos ! groomlake period org) wrote us about this recent licensing story:
According to stories on slashdot and other sources SUN unilaterally revoked the FreeBSD Java license. Later, after several unanswered E-mails from the FreeBSD team, it turned out to be a mistake in preparation to negotiate terms for new community license.
This serves as an example of what is possible and happens with revokable licenses. Sun can still revoke the license at any time. I leave it to the reader's imagination as for why and when.
To me this means that OpenBSD is on the right track with its licensing stance.
Although this allegedly happened by mistake it just goes to show that revokable licenses pose a serious threat to free software projects. We've seen before that you cannot always trust what seems to be given to you.
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