Please help me respond to a German user about the GPL

David Gerard dgerard at
Tue Feb 16 12:28:33 UTC 2010

On 16 February 2010 01:44, MJ Ray <mjr at> wrote:

> Can voters please pressure governments to stop licence proliferation?

More generally: lots of companies think they have to roll their own.
What can be done to lead them away from this bad idea? e.g. are there
already essays or other resources as to this? Why do they think this
is a good idea?

(DWheeler's "GPL-compatible or else" essay springs to mind, but if
someone already has qualms about the GPL, for substantive reasons or
because they've heard FUD, it would only push them away.)

- d.

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