Posted Jan 19, 2007 22:21 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: "Business-Friendly" licensing
Parent article: BSD - The Dark Horse of Open Source, by Brendan Scott, OS Law (Groklaw)
There is a common description of non-copyleft licences as being "business-friendly", with the implication that copyleft licences like the GPL are not.
I think the discrepancy is just that the implication when someone says BSD is business friendly and copyleft is not is that we mean friendly to licensees (or potential licensees).
Even if the licensee business is a software distributor, he's welcome under BSD to redistribute under copyleft, so the licensee is at least as well off as under copyleft.
But it's a good distinction to make. Taking the larger view, the use of copyleft might very well be more friendly to business than the use of BSD.
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