HP's Martin Fink arguing for copyleft licenses

Nico Rikken nico.rikken at fsfe.org
Fri Oct 30 10:57:56 UTC 2015

Good link Matthias!

Great presentation, even when taking the pragmatic view. Apart from the
community-statement, I'd like to highlight his statement that copyleft
stimulates collaboration, whereas non-copyleft projects require
committees and other bureaucratic organization-parts to avoid partners
splitting off and doing their own thing, not contributing back as a

Quick URL to the video:
Conclusions start around 24mins in.

I'm preparing a presentation for the Dutch T-Dose conference which
includes this topic as well. Glad other people are noticing the same
symptoms. http://www.t-dose.org/2015/talks/open-source-has-won-now-what

Nico (NL)

On do, 2015-10-29 at 17:53 +0100, Matthias Kirschner wrote:
> LWN has an interesting article "Permissive licenses, community, and
> copyleft" <https://lwn.net/Articles/660428/>. It is about a talk by HP's
> Chief Technology Officer Martin Fink:
>   He then ended the session with an extended appeal to move the
>   open-source software industry away from permissive licenses like
>   Apache 2.0 and toward copyleft licenses like the GPL. Not doing so, he
>   said, puts the FOSS community at just as much risk of collapse as
>   license proliferation threatened to in years past.
> Regards,
> Matthias

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