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ONLamp: ESR: "We Don't Need the GPL Anymore"

Jul 01, 2005, 16:00 (43 Talkback[s])
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"Why did you say we don't need the GPL anymore?

"It's 2005, not 1985. We've learned a lot in the last 20 years. The fears that originally led to the reciprocity stuff in GPL are nowadays, at least in my opinion, baseless. People who do what the GPL tries to prevent (e.g., closed source forks of open source projects) wind up injuring only themselves. They trap themselves unto competing with a small in-house development group against the much larger one in the parent open source project, and failing..."

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