[MUD-Dev] Diku & GPL

Richard.Woolcock at rsuk.rohde-schwarz.com Richard.Woolcock at rsuk.rohde-schwarz.com
Thu Dec 7 10:22:45 New Zealand Daylight Time 2000

Jon Lambert <tychomud at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> A critical point:
>   While a product can be relicensed, current users of that product
>   perforce have the *right* to choose which license (older or newer)
>   they care to operate under.  If not, the product vendor would be
>   in the position of retroactively rewriting the contract between
>   themselves and their users without their users having any say in
>   the matter.
> While I'm sure some vendors would (briefly) love such a situation,
> the potential for abuse is enourmous, which is why contract law
> doesn't work that way.

I was under the impression that the mud administrators were the "users",
not the players.  This is the same problem that means a GPL'd Diku
wouldn't have to display the copyright notices to the players, only
to the "user/s" - the people running the mud.


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