I believe everyone should be able to audit & change the software they run, or hire someone else to do so.
That does not mean I don't believe in paying devs (paywalls, especially softpaywalls, seems like the best way).
And it does not mean I believe all software must be public for all to use, feel free to keep code for internal use or share your code only with your customers.
Something that people don't seem to realize is that you can 1) sell FOSS software at all; and 2) even the strongest copyleft licenses don't make you release your code publicly, all they require is that you make the code accessible to the users of your software and that you can't prohibit them from redistributing the code you gave them if they chose.
Weird edge cases: both the Reciprocal Public License and the Sybase Open Watcom Public License do require the public release of modified code.
This kind of copyleft is so strong that it isn't Free Software anymore: Debian, Fedora, and the FSF have duly rejected both licenses. But for some reason they are accepted as Open Source by the OSI.
You only need to agree to the GPL to redistribute your possibly modified copies. Because as per normal copyright law you wouldn't be permitted to unless you had a document like the GPL stating that you that you can! In other words if you didn't agree to the GPL & redistributed those copies you have no right to do so.
> I believe everyone should be able to audit & change the software they run, or hire someone else to do so.
That's pretty much me, except I don't see the point of "or hire someone else to do so."
- Even if you hire someone else, you still have to be able to audit their work.
- Hiring people is expensive. So including this clause is carving out an exception for rich people?
Alternative: "or greatly trust someone to do so." Favors strong mutualistic groups. Money can't buy trust.
@akkartik Fair enough. "or greatly trust someone else to do so" is a better clause for my stategment!
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