Considering the Future of Copyleft

A session at Fossetcon 2014

  • Bradley Kuhn

Saturday 13th September, 2014

10:00am to 11:10am (EST)

Copyleft licenses, particularly the GPL and LGPL, are widely used
throughout the Free Software community. However, recent for-profit
corporate interest in Free Software development has led to a renewed
preference toward non-copyleft licensing by for-profit entities.
Meanwhile, many for-profit entities that do use copyleft for their own
software now do so in a manner that most copyleft aficionados find, at
best, distasteful and at worst, abusive.

A long-standing truce exists in our community between fans of
non-copyleft licensing and copyleft. No one in the copyleft communities
disputes that non-copylefted Free Software is an important part of our
community. However, copyleft faces new challenges that make past debates
about the appropriateness of copyleft seem quite minor by comparison.

This talk will discuss all aspects of the complicated situation facing
copyleft, including younger developers apparent preference for
non-copyleft licensing (as expressed, in part, in the "post-open source"
debates (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos... ), the widespread
and common failures for companies to comply with GPL's relatively easy
requirements, and how licensing choices are today, unlike in the past,
rarely in the hands of individual developers, but instead their corporate

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Time 10:00am11:10am EST

Date Sat 13th September 2014

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