The Pligg sale. Do people know what they’re bidding on?

August 12, 2007

It seems that many people are not very clear about what’s for sale and not in the sale of Pligg.com.

Of course, those familiar with the Pligg history shouldn’t wonder, but it seems that the majority of people aren’t.

Let’s see.

Pligg is a fork of the original open source CMS Meneame. Meneame was released under the Affero license.

The Affero license is a modified version of the GNU General Public License. Whether you’re familiar with any of these licenses or not, the basic premise that affects this deal is that you must release your own derivative works under the original license.

In short, this means that regardless of what the Pligg team includes in the package, you will not be able to own the Pligg code, make it proprietary or hold copyright rights over the code.

Is that a bad thing? Well, that depends on what you want. Becoming the controller of an open source project is not a bad thing. In fact, it could be a very good thing. My fear is that many people simply don’t understand a thing about the license, or what they’re bidding on (as this comment proves) and the code might end up in the hands of some clueless deep-pockets ignorant that could do more damage to the project than anything else.

Let’s hope that’s not the case.

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