I'd like to make an addition:
The freedom of the BSDL intentionally allows to close sources.
This can be considered theft, if one would like to use this
interpretation. When taking some BSDL code, there's no need
to contribute anything back.
One argument could be that the money or hardware given to the
FreeBSD developers is "abused" by those who "silently" take
advantage of their work.
But finally, it's always the developer who decides what to do
with his own work. If he intends to allow others to make money
from his code without giving anything back, it's his choice to
do so. If a supporter doesn't like this decision, he should
think about his support.
Closing code doesn't make the code disappear which it is based
upon, so code doesn't get "unfree".
I know, this can lead into an endless discussion. It has already
taken place on other platforms, such as here:
Forgive me my comment. :-)
Often overlooked, but the open nature of the BSD license and similar
contribute to the adoption and widespread use technology by industry. I
wager that if software like Xorg, the BSD IP stack, and etc... were
licensed under GPL or similar restrictive licenses, these technologies
might not have lasted. Open (in the BSDL sense) technology seems to do
better in the long run... Ironic?
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