In 2020 if you create an open source project, you either

1: make companies pay for it
2: accept that because it’s legal to do so, they will happily take what you did for free and make money off of it
Maintaining an OSS project is a sucker’s game to these companies.
It sounds jaded; I know, but every corporation has a choice when faced with an OSS project in a space it wants:
1. Contribute to that project without taking it over
2. Buy it and develop it
3. Fork it and sell it
4. Copy its design

We could instances of #1 and #2 on one hand.
Every big corporation is a great open source citizen so long as:

- They control it
- It can’t possibly compete with them
Until we stop accepting that behavior from corporations in our open source communities, it’ll keep happening.
Corporations have two major advantages over individuals:

1. They operate legally, not morally or ethically
2. People don't stop interacting with the corporation when it acts immorally or unethically.
Let's say it wasn't amazon in this case, but your friend. Your friend jacked your work that was Open source and started selling it.

How long until you spoke to that friend again?

Would you spend that same amount of time not buying Amazon products or interacting with Amazon?

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People who tell management what they don't want to hear are marginalized, *at best*.

That's *bad*, and it's a problem *right now*.
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@StackOverflow If this were like any other SV company, I wouldn't care to talk about it. But this is Stack Overflow. A company started by and for programmers that has (had?) a good mission behind it. A mission tens of thousands visit every day to *volunteer* to fulfill.
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First, as is common in all of my threads regarding @stackoverflow :
➡️ this is my opinion
➡️ I’m speaking only for myself and don’t claim to speak for the rest of the community
➡️ the people that work @stackoverflow are good people
@StackOverflow You're probably going to want to read all the previous threads if you're not familiar with the context (warning, could take a while):
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I will not fall for the bait. I will not fall for the bait. I will not fall... ah screw it. @stackoverflow's CEO created a blog post and corresponding meta post about the blog post detailing his vision for Stack Overflow:…
@StackOverflow I will attempt not to razz on the blog post or corresponding meta post *too* much; but this will not be a razz free thread. You have my apologies in advance. I will attempt to sound more neutral sometime in the future.
@StackOverflow My standard disclaimers apply: and that thread also has background threads that may or may not be useful to you, all around this subject.
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Wherein I claim the community problems are (in retrospect) obvious and were always going to happen
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