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[News] Google Plays Hardball with Ethics of Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Google Plays Hardball with Ethics of Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009 16:06:02 +0000
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Etherpad source includes JSMin, which Google Code doesn't allow 

,----[ Quote ]
| Last week, Google banned my PHP port of JSMin 
| from Google Code due to a quibble over a line 
| in the license stating that âThe Software 
| shall be used for Good, not Evilâ, which they 
| believe makes the license non-free. When I 
| asked Googleâs Chris DiBona whether all Google 
| Code projects including JSMin would be subject 
| to bans due to this clause in the license, he 
| replied, âSadly, yesâ.


JSMin isn't welcome on Google Code 

,----[ Quote ]
| Googleâs Chris DiBona emailed me this morning 
| to tell me that unless I removed a specific 
| line from the license of my jsmin-php project 
| (a PHP port of Douglas Crockfordâs JSMin), 
| Google Code would no longer host the project.



Google pays for Affero ban

,----[ Quote ]
| The projects will join around 10 other AGPL-licensed efforts on SourceForge, 
| compared to six on Google Code. Before the defections, Google had been 
| discouraging other AGPL projects, saying Google Code does not support AGPL.  
| The dispute between Google and developers who want to use AGPL - a version of 
| GPLv3 tailored for use in software as a service - has rumbled on since last 
| November, when AGPL was finalized.  


AGPL v3 to be added to Palamida Watch List

,----[ Quote ]
| Palamida is tracking adoption of GPL v3 on a special blog. The last post 
| mentioned an incredible rate of adoption for it. There are already more than 
| 2,000 projects using the license (or a variation of it, like LGPL v3), with a 
| good chance to reach 5,000 by the end of the year. I feel we are about to 
| reach the tipping point, when everyone will move from GPL v2 to v3.    

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