This freedom is what makes the GNU GPL license so powerful and it is why it’s much more than “open source”. The license simply prevents anyone to put restrictions on Blender. That protects users as well as everyone who contribute to Blender.

@yogthos is there some sort of discussion/controversy around blender that prompted this blog post?

@yogthos ouch, so there's an addon ecosystem where addons cost money, but have to be under GPL because they use Blender's API, and the only reason this used to work was that artists don't know how to compile stuff, and now someone has made a free repo of all the commercial addons, and people are pissed off?

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