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The GPL is the New BSD in Web 2.0, and Why This Matters

Aug 21, 2007, 19:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"The Internet turns open-source licensing on its head. Copyleft is neither copyright nor copyleft anymore in the web world. It's just copy, because distribution of a service over the Internet doesn't count as distribution in the archaic licensing language that plagues most open-source licenses.

"It's a problem that the Free Software Foundation chose to ignore, and then beat on Tim O'Reilly to atone for its own failing. Tim, for his part, thinks that the open-source world is missing the boat, which is chugging along unmindful of antiquated things like software licenses when the real value is in data-centric applications whose value lies in network effects (architecture of participation)..."

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