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Daemon News: The GPL vs. Capitalism

Jun 05, 1999, 23:15 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pedro F. Giffuni)

"... the Restrictively Unrestrictive: The GPL License in Software Development article that appeared on the Daemon News previously. While this article clearly had a good intent and, as stated, reflected only the personal views of one BSD developer, it was clear to me that it didn't go far enough in explaining the evilness of the GPL license."

"The GPL license offers a very beautiful dream, free, unrestricted access to software for the people of the world. No doubt this would be great, free technology for people in the third world countries (including me) and no more gigantic monopolistic companies telling you where to go today. I also believed in that dream..."

"I personally think that Richard Stallman is a good person but he is confused..."

"when I saw it and it was clear to me what people that adopted the GPL were doing to the other people. I was aghast. It was not communism or socialism, this was simply and plainly anticapitalism..."

"If you don't want money from your code, that's OK, but by releasing software under the GPL you are forcing other software writers to use the same poverty license even if they add significant features to your code."

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