Re-licensing Gutenberg for Mobile Apps?

If you’re not into the legal complexities of “open source software” you can safely skip this. 🤓

But if you’re also kind of interested in the legal complexities of choosing different open source licenses, your interest may also be piqued by this little story from Justin Tadlock over at the Tavern. The short version is that there’s a small *philosophical* change that requires this re-licensing, but it’s more of the *practical* side of the equation that’d push Gutenberg to dual-license under the Mozilla Public License v2.0 as well as the GPL (v2).

I have to admit I’m not fully briefed on all the complexities, so I’ll keep my observations minimal. I think I support this change, but it does seem a loss for those (diminishing number of people) who are excited to see the GPL “virally” push all software to be completely open-source. The ecosystem around this has changed so dramatically in the last 20 years—remember those bad old times where we worried that Microsoft would be able and eager to crush free (libre 👩🏼‍🏫) software?—that I think a less-viral approach makes sense.

Anyway, there’s a lot more in Justin’s story and the underlying posts. So dig in if you’re more opinionated than me. Especially if you disagree with the thoughts in the prior paragraph, now’s the time to get involved ✊


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