Like #FairSource, and the #CommonsClause, #LicenseZero is yet another attempt at mususing the term #OpenSource to describe the software license equivalent of the #NoCommercialUse licenses in the #CreativeCommons suite:
licensezero.com/

I sympathize with the concern driving these hybrid license experiments. I agree corporations parasitizing the software #commons is a problem. But to me, the deeper problem is the corporation being the dominant model of political-economic governance. The more radical solution is replacing tech corporations (and startups aiming for IPO or acquisition) with networks of co-ops, which can collaborate to make sure all commons contributors can thrive. But these hybrid licenses make that harder.

When the phrase "#OpenSource" was coined, as a rebranding of "free software", the theory was that explaining the concept in more business-friendly language would make businesses more willing to release the code they fund as #FreeCode. 20 years later, the results are in, and it turns out that theory was wrong. We can debate at length about *why* tech companies extract far more value from free code than they contribute back to it, but that's what happens and there's no sign that's going to change.

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Have you heard about Tidelift?
They are comitted to help maintainers get paid and by that keep softwares alive and up-to-date.

I feel it's a great step towards "fixing" the taking-without-giving mindset.

tidelift.com/

@noplanman yup, there are dozens of these projects. #Liberapay and #OpenCollective, #Flattr and #KoFi, #Patreon, and many more. Figuring out which one(s) to use and how to get them to work for you is hard. I've written about some of the reasons why:
coactivate.org/projects/disint

The criticism coming from the No Commercial Use crowd is that these aren't bringing in a living wage for most core maintainers, let alone the same 6 figure salaries as working for the #datafarms and VC-funded startups.

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