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[5]: hm?
by kwan_e on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 11:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: hm?"
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That's it, in a nutshell, right there... The BSD license is for the unselfish. The GPL license is for forcing other people to be unselfish.


That is stupid. GPL doesn't force people to be unselfish because the only people affected by GPL are those who use GPL code. The GPL license doesn't claim ownership of open source code by default.

If you like being selfish, choose BSD, or pay for off-the-shelf middleware, where you don't have to reciprocate the sharing. The GPL is for those who want to share their code but with protection from people/companies who just leech from their efforts.

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