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Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

John Brown (no body) Silver badge

Re: Motivated by ego

"In the beginning people and organizations started out providing code and services to and for the public at no charge."

MMmm...yes, back in the days when people released stuff into the Public Domain. Until some greedy bastard realised they could make a few minor mods, claim the work as their own and patent/trademark/copyright the work and effectively steal it from the Public Domain. The reaction was for the altruistic people to invent various license such as GPL, Apache, BSD etc in an attempt to keep the work available to all in a way that the greedy bastards could not then appropriate it for themselves.

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