[erlang-questions] [OT] Re: GPL vs. whatever [was: Erlang UUID]

Tim McNamara <>
Thu Mar 15 09:01:39 CET 2012


If you're interested in using this approach for your business model,
then the AGPL can be a better option.

On 12 March 2012 16:54, Miles Fidelman <> wrote:
> Just to throw in a different aspect of the GPL vs. BSD discussion:
>
> IMHO, GPL is a far better license than BSD for a developer that intends to
> commercialize a product.
>
> The initial developer (copyright holder) always has the option to release
> code under a dual license - GPL, BSD, or whatever for an open source
> release, something more restrictive for the commercial product (potentially
> with proprietary extensions).
>
> With GPL, you pretty much eliminate any competition - anybody else who
> extends the code is faced with copyleft considerations, they CAN'T take your
> code, combine it with their own code, and slap a proprietary license around
> the assemblage.  With BSD, or Apache, (or LGPL for that matter), they can.
>
> Of course, if you dual-license your code under GPL and a proprietary
> license, things can come back to haunt you if you want to incorporate
> community-generated extensions into your upstream code base.  In that case
> the GPL and copyleft apply to you.
>
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