Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture
[Development] Posted Jan 29, 2013 17:07 UTC (Tue) by corbet
Luis Villa ponders
the "post open-source" movement, which rejects licensing altogether.
"If some 'no license' sharing is a quiet rejection of the permission
culture, the lawyer’s solution (make everyone use a license, for their own
good!) starts to look bad. This is because once an author has used a
standard license, their immediate interests are protected – but the
political content of not choosing a license is lost. Or to put it another
way: if license authors get their wish, and everyone uses a license for all
content, then, to the casual observer, it looks like everyone accepts the
permission culture. This could make it harder to change that culture – to
change the defaults – in the long run."
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