Commons Clause

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Nathan Schneider:

"Heather Meeker represented MongoDB when it created the Server Side Public License in 2018. The same year, she was part of the team that drafted the Commons Clause, an add-on to familiar Open Source licenses that converts them into “source available” licenses: the source code is open and available to all, but the right to commercialize the licensed software is not. A year later, Meeker led the development of the PolyForm Project, a website whose initial version offered five different software licenses for various business models; these include a “free trial” license and licenses that restrict use to noncommercial and small-business purposes, respectively." (

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