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GPL Use Declining Faster Than Ever

bonch (38532) writes | more than 2 years ago

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bonch (38532) writes "An analysis of software licenses shows usage of GPL and other copyleft licenses declining at an accelerating rate. In their place, developers are choosing permissive licenses such as BSD, MIT, and ASL. One theory for the decline is that GPL usage was primarily driven by vendor-led projects, and with the shift to community-led projects, permissive licenses are becoming more common."
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Ho hum (1)

Ignacio (1465) | more than 2 years ago | (#39758325)

Not really worrying. Only the first FLOSS project in a given space needs to be GPL [gnu.org] ; other projects picking more permissive licenses should be the norm rather than the exception.

Re:Ho hum (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 2 years ago | (#39759309)

Not really worrying. Only the first FLOSS project in a given space needs to be GPL [gnu.org] ; other projects picking more permissive licenses should be the norm rather than the exception.

I'm actually quite confused about the whole issue. I have two active (and several inactive projects) on sourceforge. One of the (active) projects is a library and it's GPL; the other project is not a library and is GPL also. The second project relies heavily on the first project and they're really only two projects because it made sense having the library as a stand-alone project. I'd release the library under a more permissive license, but I stuck with the GPL because there are no other libraries that do what my library does (seriously there are none, not even propriety; it's very specialised... i.e. specific to a very narrow and small field) and if people make improvements I want them to be available to my main project that uses the library.

Care to tell us your project? (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 2 years ago | (#39760223)

I am intrigued by your message

Care to tell us more about the two projects that you've mentioned?

Thanks !

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