Google, why not
Posted May 23, 2007 8:50 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
In reply to: Google ?
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
Now I'm not sure it's good that GPL allows this kind of behavior, but it just look ridiculous to first allow private modifications and after that complain that patches are not returned back...
The GPLv2 was released in 1992, which was a different world: no internet, no HTML, client-server largely meant in-house... Nowadays "private modifications" might even have a different meaning, as "something you modify exclusively for your internal use". Google modifications are quite public in the sense that many people feel their effects.
I don't know either if it is good to embed this feeling in a license. As xoddam says above, an appeal to their conscience might be a better strategy. Google is a good citizen, but compare them to Sun who is an outstanding citizen: Sun takes the initiative to make lots of their own software free software.
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