It’s time to say goodbye to the GPL

In my latest blog post I reflect on the FSF’s role in today’s software ecosystem, in particular as the steward of the GNU General Public License (GPL), the software license used e.g. by Linux. I argue that the GPL and related licenses have failed to achieve their goal of improving the freedom of software users, explain why freedom has in fact become worse since the 1980s and 1990s in which the GPL originated, and suggest what we can do about it.

You can find it here: https://martin.kleppmann.com/2021/04/14/goodbye-gpl.html

Please let me know your thoughts!

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— Martin