That would have helped during the license thread for sure. It is interesting though in several ways, here are my initial thoughts (not company / community policy).
1: In terms of copyleft - we should try our hardest to enforce
2: What is easier for companies is not necessarily better for the communities around them
More interesting though and this is one reason SAFE is such a fantastic opportunity is the “how do you sustain it” or “how to make money”.
We have that inbuilt in safecoin, not only for the original authors but further contributors/users/ content providers/content consumers etc. (we can do a load more on the provider side though). Also for us the dual license is a unique position, we do not want to hold gpl and say hey this is hard you need a commercial license, I want to say “Hey you need to be open secure and respectful of privacy” so yes if you really need a commercial license then we have many options, again not policy but thoughts
1: The purchase shall be in safecoin
2: The funds are pooled and added to the developer pool for all community developers (and very importantly researchers)
3: Any derived product must be safecoin friendly
The interesting part is maidsafe has made the leap to survive in safecoin, just as the community will, so adoption lifts the tide for us all together. This is interesting as it means there is no single player exploitation, but a whole eco-system that just needs to improve. I figure as long as everyone sees this opportunity that for maidsafe (as an example) to survive, we all survive, or replace survive with benefit or better yet replace maidsafe with any net contributor.
This is one reason this project is such a challenge in many ways to not only secure efficient networking and data protection, but also to business models. If we get it right the model of kill the competition will be replaced with one that means everyone doing stuff people want is rewarded automatically and without judgement. This is a baby step and a huge journey, but imagine a system where producers do not need to negotiate terms, but release features and if they are great then they are valuable and automatically.
The next steps will be to take that beyond software and into all areas of business, such as art, music, movies, medical advances and further. As this net widens then so should the catchment zone, by that I mean we tear down the phoney borders and restrictions that prevent most of humanity from being involved and we involve everyone. Then the tide of success will lift everyone’s wee boat together.
We are the Argentine ant colony then