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Re: The sad decline of copyleft software licenses? :(

From: Jean Louis
Subject: Re: The sad decline of copyleft software licenses? :(
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 01:01:25 +0300
User-agent: Mutt/1.14.0 (2020-05-02)

* Ali Reza Hayati <> [2020-09-23 00:41]:
> Marinus didn't mean that the software harms the user. Marinus meant how
> a software licensed under a weak libre license can be used against the
> community/people.

Thank you.

If a permissive license is used to create proprietary software, then
it is just to teach users about free software and freedom.

> An example is Microsoft which uses a lot of MIT-licensed software to
> produce its own software and publishes them proprietorially. It's
> needless to mention an specific incident as there's too many.

Yes, that is then not any more free software, it becomes proprietary.

> A software libre licensed under a weak license (such as MIT) can be used
> to produce a proprietary software (or even platform) and in result, harm
> users.

That is alright, as that software is still free, so it can be used in
GNU and other free systems as free version of such software.

Instead of saying that permissive licenses harm users, it is better to
say that proprietary software harms users.


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