Even the GPL does not provide that right. If a company wanted it could
GPL product, make whatever changes it wanted, and distribute it internally
itself without ever contributing back to the community as a whole.
Likewise, it could also distribute that same project to its customers,
the source available to them and them alone. The community will may never
any changes from them; yet that is perfectly valid under all Open Source
licenses - even the GPL.
Nothing forces people to work with the community. No license can do that.
please do yourself a favor and put that notion - the myth - aside.
So basically GPL is worth nothing because no one can force anybody to
Is that an argument in favor of convincing developers to use the Apache
license (because they aren't getting anything back anyway) or to simply stop
contributing to Open Source projects?
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