Reciprocity is a deep core organising principle of the social condition. I think of MIT and Apache2 as anti-social licenses, not bad, just not social enough for me.
They're not trying to build a better society, or encourage a relationship between user and maker.
Unfortunately, software of the scale of Chrome and of this importance is not a free couch. It's a free bus service. It's infrastructure that needs a properly thought out political settlement, an ongoing transfer of resources is needed between those that benefit from the work, and the people who make sure that infrastructure is maintained. Google's dodge is to use a tax by attention, to subvert the security and yes, freedom to extract resources to maintain it. You may not feel taxed, but you are.
@doctormo as someone who almost always uses MIT or less in projects of mine, this is... a fair take.
I like sharing information for those that want it, and will almost always respond to people reaching out to me about those projects, but I don't have the time/money/energy/resources/personality/etc to grow a community around them. And, I don't see any of my projects having much, if any, social impact. I do esoteric Music and DSP software. At best, maybe a "huh. that's a bit nifty isn't it?".
If this ever changes for me, I may reevaluate.
@paul Don't blame you, community is hard work Paul.
I've put work out into the public domain, and I'm likely to do so again. It's never an either or.
@doctormo I use public domain when I can because I believe that the entire concept of copyright applying to software is fundamentally antisocial. It's either an accident of history or the result of corporate interference in government, depending on your perspective. Software copyrights are bad and I won't voluntarily apply a license that weaponizes them.
I don't deny that Copyright has some serious issues, and shouldn't really exist in an ideal world.
But we are social creatures and we operate with social contracts. Tons of them every day. Copyright is no different from any other social contract and should be renegotiated, not calcified or vilified insensibly.
If your suggestion is that social contracts are bad, then you misunderstand why politics exists.
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