The argument against copyleft, or for BSD

Matthias Kirschner mk at
Tue Jul 21 12:48:58 UTC 2015

* Darryl Plank <darryl at> [2015-07-13 00:39:24 +0200]:

> To my knowledge, the FSF has only ever stated three reasons why copyleft 
> might not be desirable:
> 1) For very short programs, where a simpler and much shorter license might
> be more appropriate from a practical point of view. The FSF web site gives a 
> very short and simple license for such purposes.
> 2) When extending free software that already exists, to avoid using a license
> different from that used by the original developers. 
> 3) As a more or less short term tactic, as a way of making free software more 
> well known and better appreciated when it was not. For such cases, the LGPL 
> was developed.   

I would add 

4) If you want to push a standard (e.g. with Ogg Vorbis).


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