Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Apr 2012 19:25 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "A new analysis of licensing data shows that not only is use of the GPL and other copyleft licenses continuing to decline, but the rate of disuse is actually accelerating." This shouldn't be surprising. The GPL is complex, and I honestly don't blame both individuals and companies opting for simpler, more straightforward licenses like BSD or MIT-like licenses.
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RE[4]: Complexity?
by demetrioussharpe on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 03:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Complexity?"
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"Would the Linux kernel exist today without the GPL and the friendly ecosystem around the code that it helped build?

It certainly wouldn't exist if it was released under GPL V3.

Let's take it even farther. I seem to recall (& I could be wrong here) that Linux wouldn't even exist if there wasn't so much confusion about the legality of the BSD codebase. Back in those days, there were no Free/Open/NetBSD. Had that not been the case, then the messiah of Linux would be a BSD user & Linux wouldn't even exist. In all likelyhood, he'd probably be on the core team of one of the BSD's. If not, then he'd probably have his own BSD group.

It's not about profits or licenses for every single programmer. It really doesn't matter if someone gets rich off of a programmer's codebase. Most people seem to forget that the very same programmer who originally wrote the code could have just as easily gotten rich off of it. Also, even if a company poaches the code, the original code still exists. It can still be modified in various ways & the original author still has the opportunity to get rich from it...if they so desire.

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