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 kwan_e on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 00:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Complexity?"
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Thus, the Linux kernel is more of an example of what a mess living with the GPL is, than how great the GPL is.


It's strange because Linus Torvalds himself made the choice to use GPL (v2), not because it was a popular license but because he liked the conditions in the license. He recognized the importance of reciprocated sharing.

Whatever you think about later developments in the GPL, the main feature of GPL (and the Creative Commons equivalent) is the reciprocation aspect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner%27s_dilemma#Strategy_for_...

The Tit-for-tat strategy is proven to be the best strategy for the Prisoner's Dilemma, after all.

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