[License-discuss] Government licenses

James purpleidea at gmail.com
Tue Jun 4 06:13:30 UTC 2019

On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 1:29 AM Brian Behlendorf <brian at behlendorf.com> wrote:
> However, it also stipulates a 3:1 matching ($3 for every $1 spent, up to
> $8M of the total fund) when that software is exclusively GPLv3 licensed.
> I'd love to understand the arguments that led to the conclusion that GPLv3
> licensed works represent a greater public good here and thus justify more
> subsidy than others.

Very interesting, thanks for sharing! Do you know if it has any sort
of clause that prevents a CLA, or requires diversity of the copyright

To answer your question, I think it's pretty obvious: requiring
copyleft, it usually ensures (modulo above question) that one entity
can't take the work proprietary. Wikipedia is a similar example where
the choice of license was chosen to benefit the commons.


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