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For big companies its:
Apache 2’s patent termination is only in regards to entering litigation about that particular piece of software. So if you build three apps using a library, but there’s a patent battle over something in software A, software B and C still have the patent grants.
While I agree with the sentiment that employees deserve fair compensation for their labor, the idea that a company would change its ownership structure just so they can install someone’s open-source library is ridiculous.
Let’s walk through the steps:
That would be destructive to the company and unfair to the existing partners.
Also the idea that large companies don’t contribute ‘free labor’ back to these projects is misguided.
I have several popular open-source libraries, and I get more contributions from people that work at ‘corporations’ than I get from ‘students, artists, hobbyists, collectives, cooperatives and nonprofits’. If I had to pay for that labor at cost, it would be worth well over $100k.
Honestly whenever I see contributions from employees of large corporations, it gives me hope that the project will survive without my constant involvement.
I don’t think that’s the idea here; rather, as with the way many people use the AGPL, the point is to stop large companies from using the software.
If you value that more than preventing the use of your software by capitalist entities, then this license is not for you, and I think that’s okay. It can exist for people who want it, or even for particular projects that want it, without needing to be everything to everyone.