The GNU General Public License (GPL) has gained a lot of attention in recent years. As it has gained attention, many commercial software developers have recognised it for what it is: a threat to their bottom line.

Microsoft's Response

"Un-American"

"Cancer"

Other Commecial Software Development Interests

Dave Winer

Craig Burton

Doc Searls

Why the GPL

Commercial interests have never liked it

HW vendors the initial targets

The Inescapable Truth

The Internet Changes Distribution

The Perspective Changes

The Internet Begins to favor Smaller developers working with others outside their "company".

It gives individual developers more freedom from Corporate BS

Paid-for Software is Disappearing

Source-available software has the advantage

"Open Source" Software has advantage Unavailable code

GPL software has the advantage over "Open Source"