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Re: anyone ever gotten xerox to clarify the MOO license before?

At 04:43 PM 1/08/97 PST, Pavel Curtis wrote:
>I think that there is essentially *zero* chance of Xerox ever caring one whit
>about commercialization of the LambdaMOO server code or the LambdaCore
>database.  Similarly, I think the odds are better of your computer
>spontaneously shattering into powder than of Xerox ever causing anybody any
>trouble for using the server code or LambdaCore database in *any* context,
>including selling it as-is.  Bottom line: I wouldn't sweat this issue.

Ah, Pavel you just helped at least several people I know sleep better.
Those of us devoting the last few and next few years to promoting MOOs for
developing educational VR worlds have a lot invested in the question.  I
know you're not authoritative on the issue, but I can't help but think
you're probably closer to a good understanding of the internal Xerox
situation on this than anyone.

>For similar reasons, it is highly unlikely that the LambdaMOO wizards will
>step in and attempt to assert any clear position concerning LambdaCore;
>essentially no upside benefit from us doing so and considerable downside
>given that no court has ever ruled on the copyright status of such an
>(at least, not that I know of, and I have no incentive to spend money
having a
>lawyer look into it).

Yeah, I'm afraid this one can only be resolved if some former LambdaMOO
wizard decides to make a court case out of it.  Uh, they have all departed
on friendly terms haven't they?   ;)


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