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Proof of Concept: Rebranding GPL #opensource #foss

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Recently I read an article on /. about the rebranding of Blender, this was a reaction to the press release from Blender, the comments mainly focussed on theft of the IP by rebranding. This was because the article was slanted towards the IP theft of GPL software.

I am an advocate of both GPL software and earning money, although I see the later as a necessary evil. And as I have mentioned before Free and Open Source Software is certainly NOT free as in beer and will never be. Taking the example of Blender, there have been people who have used Blender to create projects which were for profit and similar to the trickle down effect which the GOP advocates there should be a trickle down effect in FOSS, even if it is only morally.

I think its sad that there has not been anybody who has an app store for GPL’d software, where I could sell scripts or small programs and make the source available only once they have paid. There are lots of places that I can have my items downloaded for free, and nowhere for somebody to pay for them with Paypal or Bitcoin.

Image source: Bill McKay

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

March 16, 2011 at 6:35 am

Posted in finance

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  1. Another example: Boxee even rebranded XBMC with the approval of XBMC.


    March 24, 2011 at 10:33 am

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