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#1 Old 02-02-2008, 06:21 AM
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Joining the open source and commercial melee is a document that pretty much rules out using a new JavaScript tool by anyone working in - or associated with - the pharmaceutical, farming and food, and some manufacturing industries. Oh, and certain universities are out, too.

ExtTLD, for developing components on the open source Ext JS framework, has been released under a license apparently suited only to vegans, vegetarians and animal rights activists.

Among the terms, ExtTLD cannot be used in connection with the development and manufacture of products that involve animal testing, products whose ingredients might come from testing on animals or genetically modified organisms involving animal genes.

full article: http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk/2008/0...xttld_license/

this is downright weird! any thoughts?
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#2 Old 02-02-2008, 07:08 AM
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That's just downright ironic. And useless.
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#3 Old 02-02-2008, 08:41 AM
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Well the vegan police will be busy ......could well be an advertising ploy >Just see someone chewing a big mac and seeing the site . There eyes light up red and downloading the program screaming all sorts of expletive's about don't tell me what to download because I'm a meat eater .
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#4 Old 02-02-2008, 09:05 AM
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It certainly narrows the pool of possible users but if it's how they choose to license it, good for 'em.
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#5 Old 02-02-2008, 09:07 AM
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Interesting! I don't know if I agree with the 'useless' comment. Can you explain what you mean? These companies and organizations are using it:

  • ActiveState
  • Adobe
  • ADP France
  • AIG United Guaranty
  • Best Buy
  • BNSF Railway
  • Boeing Shared Services Group
  • Borland
  • Canon Canada, Inc.
  • China Systems Corp.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • CNN
  • Connell Wagner
  • Credant Technologies
  • Dow Jones & Co.
  • Experian UK
  • Figtree Systems
  • Garmin International
  • General Dynamics AIS
  • IBM
  • Infor
  • Interwoven
  • ISO Software Systeme GmbH
  • Juniper Networks, Inc.
  • Kettley Publishing Co.
  • Logopak Systeme
  • NATO
  • New York ISO
  • Ovation Networks, Inc.
  • Rackspace Managed Hosting
  • Radiance Technologies, Inc.
  • SAIC
  • SAP Research
  • Siemens
  • SoftExpert
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Visa International
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It sounds like a pretty arbitrary value system when defense contractors and gross polluters/habitat destroyers are on the list. This is kind like saying a butcher shop qualifies as virtuous because it doesn't sell veal.
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#7 Old 02-02-2008, 10:36 AM
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It seems porn companies are exempt....

Can see where they are coming from , someone invents something and does not want it to be used in part in the suffering of others , in this case , animals .
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#8 Old 02-02-2008, 12:01 PM
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Sounds like a good idea to promote the Cause.

(Btw, if you read the conditions, you will see that you do not need to be a vegan or vegetarian or AR activist.)

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Originally Posted by Soy 6-Pack View Post

Interesting! I don't know if I agree with the 'useless' comment. Can you explain what you mean?

It's useless because it's not like any companies actually doing these things are going to suddenly think "well gee, our company does make X amount of dollars from this research we're doing here, but wow, that piece of software is so appealing we'll just have to stop." One way or another they're going to find alternatives.

As an aside, I don't think this still counts as open source: http://opensource.org/docs/osd

Originally Posted by opensource.org View Post

5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups

The license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.

6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor

The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the program from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.

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