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Toward healthy paranoia

Toward healthy paranoia

Posted Sep 13, 2013 11:37 UTC (Fri) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
In reply to: Toward healthy paranoia by meuh
Parent article: Toward healthy paranoia

Hear, hear.

In a post-Snowden day and age, I can't understand just *how* people can justify anti-GPLv3 (and anti-copyleft) sentiment.

Allowing tivoization is allowing spying, forever.

Allowing proprietarization (XNU was "open source" until OSX 10.3? 10.4?) is allowing spying, forever.

Only copyleft cures that. Only copyleft empowers users against that kind of shit.

Copyleft is not really good for the behemot-likes of Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft -- the Big Four nominated for their haemorraging of your private intel to the NSA. It's only good for each of their two billion users/assets/products. Copyleft lowers the cost of change; enterprises loathe lowering that particular cost.

IMNSHO, individuals who choose "liberal licensing" are helping big companies to plot the end of privacy, and maybe of any semblance of democracy present today in the world. Small enterprises that choose "liberal licensing" are just paving the way for the big enterprises to come and crush them, and it suits them right.

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Toward healthy paranoia

Posted Sep 13, 2013 14:13 UTC (Fri) by danieldk (subscriber, #27876) [Link]

> XNU was "open source" until OSX 10.3? 10.4?

Not that it matters much to the discussion, XNU is still open source:

> individuals who choose "liberal licensing" are helping big companies to plot the end of privacy

The world is not black and white. There are plenty of companies (big and small) who produce proprietary software, like liberal licensing for that reason, but are not plotting 'the end of privacy'.

And personally, I don't care if someone uses my code in a proprietary product, as long as credit is given where credit is due. I do mind if they'd use it for sharks with lasers, but it's pretty hard (and non-FLOSS) to craft a license to prevent uses that I consider immoral.

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