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The open-source license landscape is changing

There is an ongoing shift toward open-source licenses that are more permissive, reflecting an increased emphasis on building communities rather than protecting against free-riders.

By June 17, 2011


Ubuntu's Launchpad to go AGPL?

Canonical is considering releasing Launchpad under the AGPL open-source license. This would be a very big win for the AGPL.

By April 24, 2008


Google's festering problem with the AGPL

Google gets a free ride when it comes to open source. The AGPL would change this, which makes Google's rejection of AGPL-licensed code from its Google Code site so infuriating.

By April 14, 2008


Has Canonical licensed away its business model?

Canonical has licensed its popular Launchpad hosting software under the AGPLv3. In so doing, has it licensed away its best way to build a scalable software business?

By July 21, 2009


Apache and the future of open-source licensing

The GPL makes sense as a way to protect open-source software from proprietary interests, but doesn't this simply make it a less efficient form of proprietary software?

By July 15, 2009


GPL in the cloud: The market doesn't care

I used to insist the AGPL was critical, but based on the market's response, I think I was wrong.

By April 17, 2009


Apache better than GPL for open-source business?

The General Public License has long been the preferred license for open-source businesses, but new analysis suggests that Apache-style licensing may yield more adoption and money.

By April 29, 2009


Yet another overblown open source debate

Two years after the open-source licensing wars over "badgeware" and license proliferation, it's clear that customers simply don't care.

By December 11, 2008


The license wars are over

Licensing has dropped way down the list of hot-button issues relevant to open-source software. The best evidence of this is what's happening around cloud computing.

By November 11, 2008


Google bans the Mozilla Public License

Google has wrongly banned the Mozilla Public License from its accepted licenses for Google Code. This is wrong-headed and misguided.

By August 2, 2008