Re: Bashing GPL with benefits
> What value does it deliver if you stop a company from blending both?
Freedom, thats what.
> I have no problem with a company doing something innovative and profiting from it, provided I can > afford it and it delivers a an ROI for the costs.
So as long as the price is good you'd give up your freedom. Well, I hope you never get into Government.
I'd rather give up my freedom because it was right to do so, not because someone says it can make them more money. I accept that I cant rob banks when I'm short of change, that I must follow many rules on the road when driving a car. I accept this because these limits on my freedom are the correct thing to do and I'm not the kind of person who would exercise my freedom in that way anyway but I know some do, so they break the rules and get punished for it, while I watch on and shake my head in disapproval. This applies to societies use of computers and so giving up my freedom to enjoy harming the freedom of others is the right thing to do.
It would be great if you could trust everyone with power, be it wealth or simply having a fast car that is good at running people down, but we dont.
My ancestors here in the UK (before it was the UK) on 15th of June 1215 reigned in the power of kings and queens. They created the Magna Carta,
The GPL is like the digital version of the Magna Carta, reigning in the power that someone who codes has over others, whether coders or not. Its there to force you to be a decent person while bettering humanity, because some people need to be forced (well nudged, if you feel forced I'd think you'd go ahead and break the rules). Others see this as the rules and simply follow them. They personally wont ever do harm if they had the total freedom but they know that they don't want others to be able to do so.
Imagine a child going to school. (S)he thinks up an idea to make loads of money, perhaps confiscating all the other kids pencils, charging them each week to have access to them but guaranteeing that the pencils will have been sharpened and replaced when too short. Thus all the other kids get to have pencils that are always ready and never have to sharpen them (ok they will but you get the idea). The kid that thought this idea up is rolling in money and most other kids enjoy the "service". Then one kid brings in a set of free pencils and a heavy duty sharpener for all the kids. There are a couple of rules attached:
1. If you take a pencil please donate some money for the replenishment costs in the jar provided.
2. The sharpener is provided for all to use, without restriction. This is the only restriction.
Which of the kids would have an issue with that? Hint, only one.
So no. I wont use your software if it does anything to harm others rights. I dont care what it does for me. Maybe I will make an exception, but that would have to be a special case.