> The GPL doesn't *address* compensation for distribution at all.
I understand your point of a missing compensation mechanism very well.
And surely open-source developers would be thankful if they could get
something back in return. Be it code or even money so they can make a
living. But although compensation is in no way enforced or even assured
it's already happening. On a voluntary basis.
The problem I see is the very moment you add a compensation mechanism to
the terms of the GPL (or any similar license terms) you make them less
free. And this is the exact opposite of the motivation of a FOSS
developer. Less freedom.
There's a social background to the GPL out of the scope of legal terms
and definitions. And that is what drives many people even if they don't
get any reward at all.
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