The Barriers and Future of CopyLeft

  • The concept of CopyLeft is complex and confusing
CopyLeft involves detailed legal jargon that requires 3rd party interpreters to make sense of the proper processes of this kind of licensing. Users and developers don't want legal problems further down the road, so extra precautions must be taken.
  • CopyLeft = Forced Freedom
CopyLeft in a way forces developers and users into freedom with strict legal guidelines and isn't the best way to help the free software movement, but was the only viable option at the time when it started.

The Future of CopyLeft

The original purpose of CopyLeft was to promote free software among the community and thus far, it has succeeded in starting a trend for CopyLefted products and non-CopyLefted products that are still classified as free software.

In this sense, CopyLeft no longer needs to be mandatory to provide free software, but its usages are still growing amongst the developer community. It has set a standard for first time developers and has served as an outlet for creativity to flourish.

One day in the future, we will be able to look back at CopyLeft as a milestone in establishing a world with free software as opposed to a pure proprietary-based economy.