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.
Thread beginning with comment 515196
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[4]: hm?
by lucas_maximus on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 09:19 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: hm?"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

If you give something away do you have the right to stipulate what a person does with it?

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[5]: hm?
by Neolander on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 10:21 in reply to "RE[4]: hm?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

If you give something away do you have the right to stipulate what a person does with it?

As others said, perhaps the GPL's restrictions on redistribution are precisely the retribution that the software's author is asking for.

If you make software for a living, you need money, but there are other motivations for writing software.

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[6]: hm?
by lucas_maximus on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 11:59 in reply to "RE[5]: hm?"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Sorry I think you missed my point.

Lemur2 was saying that if you give something away and someone never gives anything back that they are selfish.

My counter argument is "Should you be allowed to stipulate this?"

I was merely commenting on the fact that he thinks because he has given something away, he feels he is owed something back.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[5]: hm?
by Valhalla on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 12:04 in reply to "RE[4]: hm?"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

If you give something away do you have the right to stipulate what a person does with it?

They are not giving something away, they licence it for people to use and the licence stipulates the conditions for that use. If you want to give something away then use public domain.

Reply Parent Score: 6

RE[5]: hm?
by lemur2 on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 02:03 in reply to "RE[4]: hm?"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

If you give something away do you have the right to stipulate what a person does with it?


You certainly do have a right to make something and let other people use it only in certain ways without any cost.

You are getting confused thinking that the GPL license is "giving copyrights away". It isn't. The GPL license is a conditional grant of some permissions related to the covered source code, that is all that it is.

Reply Parent Score: 3