tactics must shift with the times. "free software" was a valuable resistance against the commercialization of software as it existed at the time and produced many useful and valuable projects, but now it is simply used as a method of wage evasion for some of the most profitable entities that have ever existed in human history

@garbados @dankwraith I think it's critical to recall that open source =/= free software. This is a big reason I license most of my stuff AGPL. Yes, the code is out there for Amazon/Google/Facebook to see, but their own corporate policies require that they don't use it, and if they do, they have to give me back all their improvements.

Don't use permissive licenses and this ceases to be a problem.

@tindall @garbados @dankwraith It's kinda funny that Google bans the WTFPL licence, for being vague.

So if you want a permissive licence and want to stop Google, you can do that.

@tindall @garbados @dankwraith I heard of one interesting approach: "Just don't specify the licence, never mention if it's FLOSS (or not)".

The logic being that corporations will be scared away from the vagueness, but regular people doing regular things might not care and use your source.


@ebel @tindall @dankwraith as i understand it, source is closed by default under US copyright, under reasoning like: no one is inherently entitled to a thing but its own maker. providing no license doesn’t meaningfully prevent corpers from using it, and creates a legal trap for everyone else (who are technically stealing it)

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