Reply to post: Re: What does vaccination have to do with software licencing?

Bruce Perens quits Open Source Initiative amid row over new data-sharing crypto license: 'We've gone the wrong way with licensing'

Michael Wojcik Silver badge

Re: What does vaccination have to do with software licencing?

OK, how much worse could it be? What problem, exactly, would we face in the grim dystopia where there is no OSI?

There was a software industry before the OSI. I'll go out on a limb and bet that, barring the complete destruction of civilization, there will be a software industry after the OSI.

Yes, incentives to use a relatively small collection of licenses is good for industry, because it reduces the cost of compliance when using free software. And free software reduces cost for industry. But I see very little support for the thesis that most of the software which is widely used in the industry would suffer from a tremendous proliferation of licenses if OSI didn't exist.

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