David Grove wrote:
>On Monday, September 25, 2000 9:16 AM, Chris Nandor [SMTP:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Yes, but no one can restrict the redistribution of Perl (or perl).  You
> > can, perhaps (though I am not entirely convinced), restrict the
> > distribution of some specific distribution, but not perl (or Perl) 
> > David makes it sound like no one can distribute a Win32 perl because
> > ActiveState restricts ActivePerl distribution (which is, of course, what 
> > is referring to, though he doesn't come out and say it).  I know that he
> > doesn't believe no one can distribute a Win32 perl, but that is what he
> > actually states: that a company can restrict redistribution of perl.  
> > they can't.
>You think my "company X" is ActiveState? Evidently you've recognized a 
>area that I may not have seen before, and appear to have given your own
>concrete example that you said didn't exist. Thank you. That lessens my
>workload a little.

As soon as you talk about someone trying to be the standard
distribution on Win32, well there is only one obvious company
that is associated with Perl and Win32.

I think you are offbase for calling it a problem though.

>However, I am speaking in generalities. If it's perl, it's redistributable. 
>it isn't redistributable, it isn't perl. This include both binaries and 
>since binaries are only translations of source into another language for 
>without the appropriate translation dictionaries (compilers). The current
>licensing schemes defy this basic logic, which is roughly the same logic 
>we all give that says that "Perl isn't CGI, and CGI isn't Perl".

Is there anything that stops me from taking my binary copy
of Perl from ActiveState, cutting it to CD, and handing it to
someone else?  I thought not!

>Since this is a forum about licenses, you may want to put your ActiveState 
>and cons to the side for the moment and discuss a problem that exists in 
>current licensing scheme.
Since we have under 1 week before all conversation must wrap
up and final RFCs need to be sent due to an external deadline,
we probably don't have enough time to give your concerns much
more attention.  Not to mention the fact that I sincerely
believe the situation that bothers you does have a good
solution without being specifically addressed in Perl's

Ben Tilly
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