[License-discuss] Open Source and the extension of copyright

Russell McOrmond russellmcormond at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 00:18:16 UTC 2019

On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 1:37 PM Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> wrote:

> In addition, I think there's a principle here. Extension of copyright is
> bad for Open Source, even if it helps us enforce our licenses more
> effectively. It will always work against us to a greater extent that it can
> be put to work for us.

You are not alone in this thinking. I've generally been opposed to the
direction that the Affero license clauses took us, and believe that the
discussion here is an extension of that harmful direction.

This is what I wrote in 2008 on the subject:

The GNU Affero General Public License and “DRM”

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