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Weblog:   Software Choice vs. Sincere Choice
Subject:   There <b>is</b> a coercive element in the GPL...
Date:   2002-09-28 07:39:34
From:   adamsj
Response to: Alas, Bruce is hypocritical.

...one which coerces the developer, should that developer decide to accept the licence and use the work thereby licenced, to make work available to others.


The coercive element in many proprietary licences coerces the developer, should that developer decide to accept the licence and use the work thereby licenced, not to make work available to others.


One coercion extends the choices available to others, the other restricts those choices.


I prefer a world without such coercion--Artistic License, anyone? Better yet, a license that somehow reframes the debate--but absent that world, the GPL is a reasonable licence.