Just wanted to let you know that I dislike copyleft licenses. They effectively make my (personal) life as a developer harder due to IP restrictions on the client's side and I don't consider them "free software".

It does not really add constraints to your project if the license tells you to name the author. But it does, if it tells you you're not allowed to combine it / link against it in software that you are not allowed to publish for any reason.

That's not really "free" to me. 🤔 Opinions?

@thomas The real problem are MPL & CDDL. They're the only real GPL incompatible ones.

@thomas Want to add that for libraries I use BSD 3, Boost, MIT, Apache 2.0 or LGPL. Only for end software I use GPL or AGPL. But I would never support/use MPL/CDDL. Even Apache 2.0 is incompatible with them.

@thomas They push for more freedom. If your project had more freedom, it could have used it.
The "take it and ignore me" licenses allow less free software to grow more with less investment, which in my opinion is a bad thing.

So yes, "free" software may not be completely free, but it's pushing in the right direction.
Software that you consider free for grabbing allows for less freedom.

That said, licensing is complicated, mainly due to IP.

@thomas And the good thing about the pools of free software is, that you can just combine pretty much any of them without worrying much about the licenses.
So in a sense they are free of licenses.

@thomas "free to me" is to the point here. For the SW you want to use, it is free cause it is going to stay free and efforts flow back to the project.

If it is too hard to integrate or not even possible because of the license of your project, just don't pull in too many dependencies.

@thomas This subject has been beaten to death across decades. What emotional hole are you trying to fill by attempting to re-ignite the Internet's most tired debate?

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@thomas while I sympathize with your frustration, it sounds like the cause of it is the IP limitations, not the copyleft licences. I don't know what is the context for this, but if it is in their control, it might be worth approaching them about making their own end content opensourced/free software/creative commons etc... people are not often aware this is an option, especially outside of tech/creative circles. :)

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