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]: Practical considerations
by galvanash on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 07:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Practical considerations"
galvanash
Member since:
2006-01-25

Personally, as an open source developer, I try to choose the license with the least restrictions possible.

So you release all your code into the public domain?


He said "license with the least restrictions possible". He didn't say "give up copyright". Copyright has built in restrictions - licenses can either expand them or relax them - all the way to the point where it has no legal ramification other than being a simple authorship acknowledgement.

You can't license software into the public domain - public domain software has no owner. You need an owner in order to license something. It is simply absent of copyright.

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jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

To answer the above post, not only did I say "license", but I believe I indicated least restrictive license _possible_.

When I'm working on a new project from scratch I will try to license it under a BSD style of license. Basically let anyone do whatever they want with the code. However, sometimes I work on projects which pull pieces from (or are linked to) software already licensed. For example, my most recent project uses code from a GPLed project, so (obviously) my project will have to be licensed under the GPL as well. However, the project I started previous to this one was done from scratch and doesn't incorporate third-party code/libraries and I was able to license it under the BSD license. (Which turned out to be an advantage as it was picked up for inclusion by one of the BSD projects and they probably wouldn't have touched it had I gone with a GPL license.)

I have released a few pieces of code under public domain, but they weren't so much functioning projects as example code which I thought would be helpful for people learning to program, such as college students.

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Excarnate Member since:
2011-08-01

He said "license with the least restrictions possible". He didn't say "give up copyright".

No duh. Basically, I was saying his/her stance of being the least restrictive (with a subtext of holier-than-thou) is not true.

S/he understands the benefits of licencing but isn't honest enough to say "License X has this requirement which is enough for me, I don't care about the other things."

Someone who truly wants their code to have the fewest restrictions will release it to the public domain. Someone who wants what the GPL provides (the inability for someone else to restrict said code and further developments at whim) will use that. The BSD license is fine, the apache license is fine, the MIT license is fine, so are most of the others, but taking a stance that you take the least restrictive license to allow ones code to travel the furthest had better be releasing into the public domain (to allow any use) or using the GPL (to force it to be spread widely--if it is worthwhile).

I'm a bit surprised I had to explain both of my comments. Surely the use of irony and sarcasm aren't unknown on the Internet.

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Fair enough. I get your point now.

but taking a stance that you take the least restrictive license to allow ones code to travel the furthest had better be releasing into the public domain (to allow any use) or using the GPL (to force it to be spread widely--if it is worthwhile).


Id be careful with using the term "force" in describing anything the GPL does. I've already had to post like 10 replies elsewhere in this thread attempting to dig my way out of using that word. I knew this was a touchy topic but wow...

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