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Don't put your software in the public domain


On Sat, 04 Jun 2016 12:28:33 +1000, Steven D'Aprano wrote:

>> OTOH, a Free software licence is unilateral; the author grants the user
>> certain rights, with the user providing nothing in return.
> 
> That's not the case with the GPL.
> 
> The GPL requires the user (not the end-user, who merely avails themselves
> of their common law right to run the software, but the developer user, who
> copies, distributes and modifies the code) to do certain things in return
> for the right to copy, distribute and modify the code:

The GPL places limitations on the granted licence. That isn't the same
thing as requiring the distributor to do something "in return".

This is why the (relatively few) cases where GPL infringements have
resulted in litigation, the legal basis of the litigation is copyright
infringement, not breach of contract.