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[2]: Pragmatic vs theoretical
by zima on Sat 28th Apr 2012 22:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Pragmatic vs theoretical"
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The GPL is not "viral", it applies ONLY to a package of code released by the author of that code under the GPL.

There is at least one scenario where this term (even if needlessly loaded) can be applied to GPL. Not the example parent gave, but very much in context of BSD & GPL.

An active effort insisting on using GPL, while importing large chunks of BSD licensed code, can in practice (not in the ~legal sense) sort of contaminate BSD codebase from which it started, steal the spotlight from it, so the BSD version might even start to languish and after a while it's as good as dead. Certainly it brings needless duplication of effort.

Or at least BSD (operating systems) devs grumble about such dynamics re their code and Linux, from time to time.

Edited 2012-04-28 23:12 UTC

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