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Redis kills Modules' Commons Clause licensing... and replaces it with one of their own


Re: Wow, they finally got it!

It's worse than that!

The Apache licence gives you the right to distribute your software in binary form only, without releasing a single line of Source Code, and still call it "Open Source". It gives people downstream the right to distribute the Source Code in theory, but not the ability to do so in practice.

It's basically a recipe for having your hard work -- from which you intended everyone to benefit fully, including in ways which require access to the Source Code -- taken and caged up by any company with a better-known name than yours. They just need to add one little feature that makes it incompatible with your original, promote it hard enough for everyone to start using it, and you're suddenly out of luck.

At least the GPL comes out and says it clearly: Not sharing is as bad as stealing.

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