Heads up! #Microsoft is on track to ban all commercial activity by #FOSS projects on Microsoft Store in about a week! This is even worse than their (eventually repealed) 2011 ban on #copyleft for their app store! 😡️ We demand rollback of this new policy: sfconservancy.org/blog/2022/ju

@conservancy Wait, so no pricing may profit from open-source? I wonder how many people wrote BSD/MIT/Apache-licensed code that is now in some commercial project — and otherwise generally available for free. Sounds like at least every electron-app will be excluded. And anything using Python or Java. Isn’t the Windows-API backed by FLOSS, too? Or did they do proprietary changes, so they are not in violation?

But I guess, I’m overthinking this …


@ArneBab @pixouls No doubt the wording is awful, but SFC is pretty clearly misrepresenting the intent, as stated plainly in the tweet they reference in that writeup.

@a @ArneBab @pixouls It may be nitpicking, but I'm not so sure SFC is misrepresenting anything here, other than by omission.

The point remains that packaging FOSS and charging for that is entirely within the FOSS license terms.

So forbidding this practice despite the developers' express wish, which they make known by their choice of license, is a roundabout attack on FOSS culture.

I think it's correct that SFC blows this up. But the problem is...

@a @ArneBab @pixouls ... more generally that the terms of a gatekeeping app store may clash with the terms of developers, also of commercial software. It's just a bad distribution model for software.

@a That tweet was only a response to criticism that supported the notion someone else brought up.

But as @pixouls says, this takes away Freedoms the copyright holders explicitly gave to the public.

It might be you selling my software for profit.

As I explicitly allow in the license.

To prevent you from using the name of the software for that, I’d use trademark law, not copyright law.

Because trademark law is what’s made to protect against misrepresentation.

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