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Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software

From: Judd Storrs
Subject: Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 11:57:54 -0500

The wikipedia article on "copyleft" traces the term back at least to
literature and art works of the '60s. Hobbyist programmers/homebrew
computer users adopted the term copyleft to for their software in the
mid 70's (without a specific license language) after the
Gates/Microsoft/BASIC fiasco. Their intent was the same as what is
meant by copyleft today. Apparently the term eventually trickled into
academic circles in that 80s and RMS/FSF probably were the first to
attempt to work out the requisite legalities. There is unfortunately a
tendency to forget that not everything originates in academia.


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