Open Source Licenses and the Ethical Use of Software

Recently Coraline Ehmke announced a new software license, the Hippocratic License, a modified MIT License, amended “to limit the impact of the unethical use of open source software.” Coraline states that she intends to submit the license to the Open Source Initiative even though she acknowledges it does not meet their criteria for an open …

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My theory: Patreon doesn’t want to be a money services business

tldr: Patreon is changing their fee structure, in part, because the batching of pledge payments from one patron to multiple creators and the use of Patreon balance to pay pledges without processing an external payment requires “holding funds in a balance that can then be redistributed” and makes them look like a money transmitter money …

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How could GitHub announce an all-male conference line up the same week it shares results from an OSS demographics survey with 3% women?

(Post adapted from this twitter thread.) This week, GitHub released results from a survey it did regarding the “attitudes, experiences, and backgrounds of those who use, build, and maintain open source software.” Of 5,500 responses from 3,800 open source repositories, only 3% of responses were from women. Also this week, GitHub announced an all-male speaker …

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