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[Discuss] Govt Source Code Policy

On 4/8/2016 9:36 PM, IngeGNUe wrote:
> * With copyleft, in order to privatize/proprietize this software

Stop. Denying private ownership of software is the essence of copyleft.
You cannot privatize copylefted works.

> * With a permissive license, you don't have to pay up. Just snatch it
> up. Much easier to include with your private property. Doesn't do much
> for the commons, and in the long run can be detrimental to said commons.

Permissive licenses prohibit this, too. You cannot "snatch up" and
privatize open source software per se. You can, of course, privatize
derivatives of OSS. Your private derivatives make your entire work
better (at least in principle; GIGO) which is beneficial to the
recipients of your work. The original remains in public circulation for
anyone who wishes to use it. The only long-term "detriment" to
permissive licenses is the commons don't get an immediate handout from
you; they either pay you for your work, wait for the copyright to
expire, or create their own.

Rich P.

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