On 08/01/2020, Aaron Wolf <wolftune(a)riseup.net> wrote:
Businesses aren't necessarily all sharks.
While I sympathize with your optimism I'm afraid that exceptions are irrelevant.
Corporation are organization made of humans but operating on different
dimensions than humans: as they grow, each person progressively
becomes as relevant as a single cell to your whole body.
We can define them "evil" only if we judge them by human standards
(which is pointless) and from a human perspective.
They simply adapt to the (legal/political/economical) environment.
(also, I was following Kuhn depiction of aggressive copyleft's
violation seekers that build a business model out of their customers'
lawyers' fears :-D).
My favorite quote: "It is easier to avoid temptation than resist
Not bad, but it's not a matter of temptation: it's survival of the
fittest into an highly competitive system designed to maximize wealth
Surely, it's a matter of "Communion": how can we protect what we want
to keep in common (from latin "cum munis", mutually obliged) from "the
tragedies of the garbage" (a more proper depiction Hardin's famous
Without being aggressive to *start* with, when a situation arises
loopholes are noticed, businesses leaders will be *tempted* to take
advantage of them (and usually will indulge). Initially well-intended
actors end up corrupt.
The point is how turning a copyleft (a form of _protection_ that keep
software _evolution_ in the commons) to a permissive license (a form
of _permission_ that allows privatization) is going to benefit the
community that is defined around the software itself.
If you discriminate about the entities that can use a license, then
remove this avoid-temptation tool for a set of entities and set up
barriers to cooperation
This appears as a good objection as long as you consider that all
entities that _could_ use a licensed work (and thus accept the
license) are actually constituted by humans.
So practically speaking such humans would be unrestricted to do
anything as long as they (equally) follows the conditions.
So there is no practical barrier to any human nor to their collaboration.
What if organizations cannot become copyright holders of derivative works?
You break a fundamental assumption that give them a reason to compete
through knowledge lock-in and privatization.