I sympathize with the concern driving these hybrid license experiments. I agree corporations parasitizing the software #commons is a problem. But to me, the deeper problem is the corporation being the dominant model of political-economic governance. The more radical solution is replacing tech corporations (and startups aiming for IPO or acquisition) with networks of co-ops, which can collaborate to make sure all commons contributors can thrive. But these hybrid licenses make that harder.
When the phrase "#OpenSource" was coined, as a rebranding of "free software", the theory was that explaining the concept in more business-friendly language would make businesses more willing to release the code they fund as #FreeCode. 20 years later, the results are in, and it turns out that theory was wrong. We can debate at length about *why* tech companies extract far more value from free code than they contribute back to it, but that's what happens and there's no sign that's going to change.
So maybe talking more about #SoftwareFreedom was actually the stronger pitch after all? Maybe finding organizations that care about people's freedoms, and the democracies that depend on those freedoms, and talking to them about funding free code development is the way to go? Eg:
But a big part of this pitch is the software being usable by any member of the global public, for anything, as per the Free Software Definition.
@mayel people experimenting with 'No Commercial Use' software licenses are well within their right to do so, just like people using other kinds of proprietary licensing. But calling that software "open source" is misleading. It isn't. Like "free software", the phrase "open source" has a widely accepted definition that has been around as long as the phrase itself. Total freedom of commercial use is explicitly required to meet either definition.
@noplanman yup, there are dozens of these projects. #Liberapay and #OpenCollective, #Flattr and #KoFi, #Patreon, and many more. Figuring out which one(s) to use and how to get them to work for you is hard. I've written about some of the reasons why:
The criticism coming from the No Commercial Use crowd is that these aren't bringing in a living wage for most core maintainers, let alone the same 6 figure salaries as working for the #datafarms and VC-funded startups.
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