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Re: People calling the GPLs 'evil licenses' - action plan?

From: Dennis Payne
Subject: Re: People calling the GPLs 'evil licenses' - action plan?
Date: Tue, 17 May 2022 17:27:30 -0400
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Having one person consider GPL an evil license isn't a big deal. I
wouldn't waste a lot of time trying to convert him. Nor would I send
them a link to long essay explaining the situation. wolftune's argument
is the simplest. However since you already sent him an offensive
article, I doubt any argument will have much effect at this point.

On Tue, 2022-05-17 at 23:52 +0800, andrew via libreplanet-discuss
> Andrew  Would suffice to
> indicate extending an existing Expat (MIT) project into a project
> based on the original work but licensed under the (A)GPL?
> Andrew  ugh, forgot to place the agpl in it         
> ChrisWarrick    ask a lawyer
> ChrisWarrick    (and consider a less evil license)  
> Andrew  Not asking for legal advice, just general practice
> Andrew  And I don't consider the GPLs to be evil, I use  them for
> bigger projects while I use public domain (unlicense) for smaller
> ones
> ChrisWarrick    licenses are legal stuff, so you are asking for legal
> advice
> Andrew  asking stuff like 'does the US have any laws' is legal but
> isn't asking for legal advice imo
> ChrisWarrick    your question is “am I interpeting and using the
> license correctly”
> Andrew  i guess                                     
> Andrew  and why do you think the gpl is evil?        
> ChrisWarrick    GPL, and especially AGPL, makes your code less free
> than MIT/BSD
> nedbat  Andrew: this is a classic debate            
> Andrew  ChrisWarrick: PM me, thanks
> Andrew  because I want to prevent people from proprietizing it
> ChrisWarrick    but at the same time, you’re benefitting from Brandon
> Nguyen’s work
> Andrew  yes
> ChrisWarrick    but he isn’t able to benefit from yours
> Andrew  they could use the AGPL/GPL, and they could ask me for an
> exception
> Andrew  the greater danger is people taking expat code and
> proprietizing it, hindering free use altogether
> ChrisWarrick    what is wrong with proprietary use though?
> Andrew  i'll get back to you with an article tomorrow, thanks on your
> thoughts
> Andrew  meanwhile,
>  explains part of it
> Andrew  dont agree to all of it, i see a lot of use of permissive
> licenses, but not for the project working on now
> ChrisWarrick    do you have a less offensive article?
> Andrew  I'm working on that
> ChrisWarrick    okay    
> I hope this is clear enough on what I need ... well, how do I explain
> the GPL to them?
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