Just to keep the records straight --
The services provided by Stanford to run the UnRev-II colloquium and
webcast were fully paid for (therefore, there was actually no "handouts"
from Stanford) from part of the contributions made by two individuals --
Pierluigi Zappacosta and Dan Lynch. It is true, though, that Stanford
Center for Professional Education (who did the production) committed to
billing Bootstrap at their cost. Masakazu Ohashi/Chuo University (whose
contribution was applied to the reception after the last colloquium
session) and Jeff Rulifson/Sun Microsystems (whose contribution is to be
applied to an Engelbart book project that was planned, for which Doug's
vision and his lifetime work, as elaborated in the colloquium, can be
captured) also made subsequent contributions.
The "permission to use" licensing terms posted prior to the colloquium
were prompted partly by Stanford (that being their normal practice
towards taped/broadcast/webcast activities), and partly by the lack of
visibility, during the planning and early stages of the colloquium, as
to how activities and funding will develop. While "open source" has
always been Doug's desire, BI opted to temporarily go with the same
terms (as it is possible to go from privately held IPR to open
licensing, but not vice versa), deferring the licensing decision to a
later date when there is better visibility in the activities and the
applicable economic model, and, enough expertise within the community to
fully understand and interpret the consequences of such decision to Doug
I was personally present when such discussions and deliberation were
made. Bringing oneself back to those points in time, one has to be
mindful that we were then talking about planning an exposition of 45+
years of intellectual labor from Doug himself, let alone those of
numerous other contributors (whom Doug has invited by virtue of their
potential contribution to the colloquium, rather than their affinity to
any particular licensing model). We trust doing it that way, then,
leaves open the most number of options.
Then, again, that was the past, and this is now. I, too, am glad that
the issue is being addressed now -- and by a much more competent
community, no less!
Paul Fernhout wrote Tue, 13 Jun 2000 22:22:59 -0400:
> ... [snip] ...
> Stanford "handouts" include running the whole Colloquium and the
> Webcast. What they got out of that is another course for their
> professional development series. Thus, we got the "permission to use"
> license which still causes liability and fairness issues for "open
> source" software development. This is a major impediment to open source
> development of the OHS/DKR, and I am glad to see it is being addressed
> (from your other comments).
> ... [snip] ...
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