On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:40 PM, Richard Fontana
Does anyone think the idea of a limited-term copyleft --
given that copyleft-next is a software-oriented license -- is a
I'm assuming what you mean to happen after the limited term is that
there is some effort to have the work enter a quasi-public domain
status. The Founders Copyright has a licensing vehicle that it uses to
mimic the public domain -- did you have something similar in mind?
I guess it depends on how confident you feel that a public domain
commitment will be unproblematic. It will also mean that the copyleft
goal is subverted with what might turn out to be fairly important
software. Assuming you set a 30 year term, would it be ok for the
early parts of Linux to enter the public domain in 10 years? Which
brings up practical problems; it's active code that has creation dates
spread over 20 years. Would you have to figure out what drops and what
doesn't (which I suppose is an existing problem anyway, but one we'll
confront much later)?
Perhaps you can elaborate more on why in your $DAYJOB situation the
license made your task more difficult?