23 July 2011

BSD- vs GPL- style License

BSD-style licenses provide developers with more opportunity to dominate their relationship with the community while GPL-style licenses provide the commmunity with more opportunity to dominate its relationship with its developers. Neither allows developers to dominate the community or the project, but dominating the relationship is subtly different.

BSD allows developers to take as much as they want, but respond to any request from the community with "I don't feel like it." This may be okay if the community receives some external or existential benefit, but not if the community's primary benefits are derived directly from the developers and their contributions.


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