Larry Rosen denies report he's turned against GPL license

Summary:Larry Rosen (right), former general counsel for the Open Source Initiative, has not turned against the General Public License (GPL). He remains a strong open source advocate.

Larry RosenLarry Rosen (right), former general counsel for the Open Source Initiative, has not turned against the General Public License (GPL). He remains a strong open source advocate.

His book, Open Source Licensing : Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law has drawn good reviews at Amazon.Com, along with endorsements from Stuart Cohen of OSDL and Samba co-founder John Terpstra.

I have positive and effective relations with the key players in FSF (the Free Software Foundation) and I support their licenses. I like my own licenses better, but that doesnt mean I hate theirs.

Rosen felt a need to defend himself to ZDNet Open Source after a Linux Business Week storyclaimed he wants the GPL ditched and it would never stand up in court.

Im shocked that Maureen OGara would focus on one little phrase I used to refer to two particularly obtuse sections of the LGPL impenetrable maze of technological babble and from that draw the absurd conclusion that I suggested that FSF should ditch the GPL. I suggested no such thing.

This is not the first time Ms. OGara has been accused of crossing a line to make a point against the GPL. To many GPL advocates the mention of her name conjures the sound of fingers on a blackboard.

I have no objection to reporters expressing opinions. I have them myself. I do have a problem withmaking stuff up.

Do you think Ms. OGara makes stuff up? Has her reporting crossed any ethical line? How do you feel about Larry Rosen? And (to be fair)is Dana Blankenhorn an (epithet deleted) for bringing all this up?

Let us know in TalkBack.

Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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