You said Canonical employees disagreed with opening the source code and giving access to the community inorder to retain potential revenue opportunities. I merely conceded that is a understandable excuse (though I disagree completely with the decision to keep it proprietary). I don't know why you even bought up "per-seat licensing". Sensible people working within a community would want to gain trust by not acting inconsistently or giving outlandishly false claims (c.f security history) whether they are entrepreneurs or not. Anything else is just short sighted and not even within their self interest. Multiple distinct instances need not ever decrease the value of the service at all. It depends on how well you federate it. Sure, it is more complex but that is price you need to pay for working with a distributed community of producers and consumers. In my view, the workflow of translations is a clear direct result of a deliberate strategy to keep the content within the distribution essentially closed within itself instead of helping the broader upstream community. The problem is well known and has never been addressed so far. This combined with the decision to keep the source code closed doesn't indicate or inspire good faith.
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