A really well timed contribution @hamiltino We have had a quandary internally in MaidSafe for a while over the 1% thing. People say we can sue then for using SAFE, which of course is 100% wrong, it’s GPL we can do nothing to stop people using it. Great Richard emphasises what free means, I fear, especially in the crypto community just now its all money in terms of freedom and never actually freedom. Another story.
Anyway, we were thinking of just going BSD on the whole codebase, allowing large companies to just use the code and forget the whole 1% thing altogether, its a distraction. I feel the patents are totally valid though as a defense for any devs working with SAFE. Imagine coding on top of SAFE and infringing some other patents, people will be delighted we were there first to protect this area. To me its not the code now we need to protect, but what it may grow into etc. An important thing to consider.
Anyway there was debate at the board meeting about licensing and how to make is simpler and bsd was discussed, this video clearly shows though that of the two options, pure BSD or GPL with a possibility of non free license then perhaps GPL is best, where folks we work with get the freedom they want.
OF course with other discussions here, if we just made everything GPL then it would be hard for malicious apps to take hold? Lots to consider, we are looking all the time for the simplest possible way for the system to be used by as many people as possible.
Its ongoing and may rage for many years to come though I think. Anyway just wanted to say thanks for the reminder! very worthwhile.
Need to stop thinking about this, its a religion/politics battle and can go mad, but it is a constant source of concern for us that we get this right. Do we even want closed source apps at all on SAFE, can we afford to not let them (at the moment its no problem for anyone to do this via the free license)? lots of questions and not many answers. A humongous win for us is that people can earn safecoin for building apps so perhaps do not need to keep secrets. Argghhh I have started again, I really really need to stop now. Cheers!!