Copyleft Licensing and the Challenges of Software Freedom Community

Bradley M. Kuhn

15 June 2011

Who Am I?

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In The Beginning …

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Ye Ol’ Four Freedoms

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… Then Freedom Eluded Us

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Who Invented Licensing?

Some think he did:

As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software. … [If] software is something to share … You prevent good software from being written.

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Who Fixed this Problem?

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Who Fixed this Problem?

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MIT AI Lab: The Golden Age

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MIT changed.

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patents == $$$

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spin-offs == $$$

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Copy, Right?

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Free Software Copyright License

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On Requirement By License

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It Takes a Village

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How Do You Build Community?

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GPL Corruption: MySQL

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How MySQL story ended?

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What’s in a Name?

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Ongoing Prescription for Health?

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More Info and This Talk’s License

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