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  1. Not yet, anyway. Most likely, the fallout is just beginning for Facebook. Now that the license has been closely examined, there's a good chance that it will be found to be incompatible with other "permissive" open source licenses as well. Perhaps more damage will come from large corporations with considerable patent portfolios that have integrated Facebook's open source projects into their own data centers. Remember, React.js is being used practically everywhere.
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  2. Summary:The GPL is still the world's most popular open-source license but it's declining in use, while permissive licenses are gaining more fans, and some developers are choosing to release code without any license at all.
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  3. In the Web of Data, licenses specifying the terms of use and reuse are
    associated not only to datasets but also to vocabularies. However, even less support
    is provided for taking the licenses of vocabularies into account than for datasets,
    which says it all. In particular, this paper addresses the following issue: checking
    the compatibility among the set of licenses assigned to the vocabularies used to
    constitute a dataset, and the license that is intended to be associated to the dataset
    itself. We provide a framework called LIVE able to support data publishers in such
    compatibility checking step, taking into consideration both the licenses associated
    to the vocabularies and those assigned to the data
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  4. data, not software, is the heart of today's most successful "software" companies. Peddling bits is yesterday's business model.

    But what about innovation? If developers choose to put their code into the public domain, won't innovation stagnate?

    Please. That's another tired argument from the 20th Century. TechDirt highlights research showing that extending copyrights increases prices and limits dissemination of knowledge, while also pointing out that people who believe patents cause innovation are simply confusing correlation with causation. If anything, patents inhibit innovation.

    This may be one reason that the US and UK, both super strong on intellectual property protection, come in dead last in IT innovation, according to a new report from CA Technologies.

    None of which means that developers or companies need rip off their clothes and mosh to hippie anthems, all while collectively shaking their fists at The Man. It just means that we should start considering public domain as a more efficient way to share code and boost innovation. To the extent that companies feel the need to hold code back under proprietary licenses as a way to encourage customers to pay, fine. But real innovation should happen in the open, and the most open way to do this is the public domain.
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