FLOSS is about Freedom, allowing the recipient of the software to examine the code, run it, modify it and to distribute it under the same terms. A move to put Free Software in the public domain undermines that. A monopolist can take public domain software, tweak it to be incompatible with Free Software that is in the public domain and use leverage to enslave users. Free Software needs copyright as a lingua franca for licensing so that no monopolist can hide the code and force millions into slavery. Public domain would be great if there were no evil people in the world trying to take advantage of people to complete their power-trip.
No good comes from monopoly in software. It’s an evil concept and Glyn Moody and others should be ashamed suggesting FLOSS surrender its only leverage to the monopolists. Even if all software were removed from the domain of copyright, the monopolists can still use onerous EULAs to extend their power and reduce the freedom of users. As long as software patents are allowed to exist, the FLOSS community would be insane to give up copyright.
Putting FLOSS in the public domain while allowing non-Free software to do what evil people want it to do is foolish to say the least.
Steve Ballmer said, in 2001, , “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches
The way the license is written, if you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source”
Glynn Moody wrote, “As ever, choice and personal freedom are crucial. But I hope that people will think twice about introducing new licences, or even updating old ones. In particular, I hope that there will never be a GNU GPL versionÂ 4. Instead, we need to complete the revolution that Richard Stallman began nearly three decades ago by making free software truly free, placing it in the public domain, and severing the chains that still bind it to that three-hundred-year-old monopoly called copyright.
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