I came across https://licensezero.com some time ago and I agree with the problem it's trying to solve which I see as "sustainability in free software", I think I'd be happy to get money for what I've done, especially when I know it's being used commercially. I care about my users' freedoms, and as long as I keep this I'm fine departing from any definition of "Free software". Anybody tried similar alternative solutions? Thoughts? Feedback? And what were your goals in doing so.
@povoq > And in the end, less open-source software is used
We are not talking about the same thing.
Google represents the bit that I don't care about. For example they have a ban internally on using the AGPL, and I'm pretty confident they're generally not copyleft friendly.
"Free Software" or "Open Source" is but a means to an end. My goal is not to have companies "use Open Source", my goal is for users to benefit from the freedoms I care about.
@povoq One thing that we probably understand but that I'll clarify anyway: when a company reuses work under a permissive license, nothing forces them to publish their work as free software. Hence my reasoning above.
@povoq Well then it would still work with licenses such as licensezero, that's not commercial use if it's "in" companies, "by" companies would be different. And if they want to use the project in a product I don't see what's wrong with having them pay for it, it already happens in lots of places with CLAs (I'm not entirely happy with CLAs but there are solutions). And then developers of that company can still contribute to it as if it was random free software project.
@povoq I think I'm fine with that anyway. It's true that all these licenses possibly have different interpretations among legislations, and I don't think we'll escape that anyway.
Companies shying away from licenses they don't know, oh well. I don't believe licenses are the answer and we'll need to go through a few more iterations to figure it out.
The current system puts us in a place where we have to defend Copyright laws somewhat, even if we probably disagree with all that in the first place. We're just bending the rules for it to work somewhat how we want.
@povoq In any case, as much as I appreciate the chatting, this is diverting and not answering my first question :)
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