[License-discuss] For Public Comment: The Libre Source License

Brendan Hickey brendan.m.hickey at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 20:09:30 UTC 2019

On Wed, Aug 21, 2019, 15:22 Howard Chu <hyc at openldap.org> wrote:

> Russell McOrmond wrote:
> When you benefit from Free software, you have an obligation to contribute
> back, either through contributing
> monetary support, or through labor - writing/updating documentation,
> submitting bug reports, or even submitting
> bug fixes. Getting contributions back from the people benefiting from the
> work is the only way the work can
> remain sustainable. The fact that GPL and other OSS licenses fail to take
> this into account is one of the
> main reasons you see more and more open source maintainers burning out and
> quitting these days.

These obligations don't exist. The license text spells out what's required
of end users. Providing cash or labor in exchange for software isn't part
of any open source or free license. It's fundamentally incompatible.

(I mention GPL
> specifically because I tried to get a similar clause into GPLv3 during its
> drafting process, but was rejected
> as being too restrictive.)

This language would've outright killed the adoption of the GPLv3.

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