client - Why was the MIT license chosen for Bitcoin

I DO NOT SUPPORT ASPERA

Hi Everyone,
Many of you may or may not know of the importance of software licensing and open source projects. Licenses protect the contributor and provides freedoms to the user. This is of the most important for the users of the software. This gives you the freedom to also contribute and create better versions and allow for improvements to come from others. This allows for a number of key advantages that each and every person benefits from every day. Without open source the world you know today would be far more grim and more than likely no cryptocurrency would exist besides centralized businesses providing a ledger. Burstcoin is no different, and for that this thread must be started to address a few things. This is more ore less to shed some light on something that has changed and actually matters to you, the community member.
 
Currently Burstcoin is licensed under GPL(GNU Public License) v3.0, this was selected by the original author and had to be continued with the POCC. This hugely important, as you may know Bitcoin and others also utilize this or other licenses such as the GPL,, MIT, or LGPL but most are OSI(Open Source Initiative) compliant. Right now, it is important to look at the licenses associated to Aspera. It is to shield from some idea that another coin or person would take and use the software on another blockchain. This is kind of a big deal right now, you may think that it is ok and that it makes sense. However the code is already public. There is a concern that a certain unnamed coin will implement and create issues. While that may very well happen in the world of cryptocurrency, remaining GPL is vitally important. Limiting the use of a piece of software is concerning. If you are to limit the user of your software what else might you be capable or possibly considering limiting of that user. Do not think that it is beyond scope, first it is you limit chain usage and the next thing it is a full on change from the original movement. As Aspera is not a direct fork of Burstcoin, it is a complete rewrite.
 
A rewrite will no longer require Burstcoin core wallet to be protected by the GPL, which protects you the user as well at this time. It will open for a new license such as the one that is on Aspera. This is actually very dangerous. This allows for the freedoms given with Burstcoin to be limited by the POCC. This changes the freedoms of the users of Burstcoin. Before you say that this is a conspiracy, I would like to point out that except Aspera and Nogrod all other software the POCC publishes uses open source initiative compatible licenses. This will open the door to a forced movement to every node to the POCC license. This is how proprietary systems work, this also allows them to change the license or state they will no longer support versions that do not have a license version they choose. This is a dangerous slope.
 
The POCC has done amazing work and I commend them on that. I appreciate everything they do, in this case they are not looking out for the community. They are laying the foundation for a model of software control and license control, the license control is your freedom control. With the software control people can still verify and test against the code and reported enhancements. With license control they are the issuers, therefore the controllers. Do not stand for this. I encourage you all to push for the POCC to change the license to the GPL v3.0 just as Burstcoin currently is. This is vital as the license control can lead to the following scenario:
 
A new change added(forced disclosure of personal information if user found to be root cause of an issue, a possible example) to the license of a new version of the wallet. A new software feature is forcing a fork and only up to version X.X.X is compatible, this forces the user to update to the license change they may not agree with in order to continue to operate a supported node. (Major companies do this all the time with non blockchain software)
 
BRS will be the only Burstcoin standard I support at this time, I will not be promoting anything to do with Aspera unless the license changes. The attempt at a move away from the GPL is a demonstration of power held by the POCC. This could cause community developed versions of wallets to no longer be compatible with public nodes due to requirements of Aspera's license. Again these are all tactics that can be deployed, and it is important for you to understand this. Burstcoin should remain GPL and open to everyone, not restricted to what the POCC says. Once you start restricting the user you do not stop, freedom is not to be taken.
 
POCC's response in Github for license change: https://github.com/PoC-Consortium/Aspera/pull/17   Note the links in the request, these are all the licenses currently used by Burstcoin, engraver, and scavenger.
 
tl;dr: Aspera is a rewrite of Burstcoin wallet, this allows for POCC to change the license and gives them more power over the user. This license change is a threat to the users and community of Burstcoin. Do not support Aspera.
 
*I have since removed Aspera repository from my machine.
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The Bitcoin name.

I'm so sick of hearing people say Bitcoin Cash stole the Bitcoin name.
"If you GPL stuff, I have to avoid using it. Nothing against GPL per-se, but Bitcoin is an MIT license project."
-Satoshi Nakamoto
The MIT License
"Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so"
Anyone wanting to learn more about how Bitcoin should work please read "The book of Satoshi" The collected writings of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. by Phil Champagne ( https://www.amazon.com/Book-Satoshi-Collected-Writings-Nakamoto/dp/0996061312 ) I finished reading this book a few months before Bitcoin Cash was set to roll out and I can tell you without a doubt this is the vision Satoshi had planned for Bitcoin.
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**It's Sunday Package Discussion Thread in /r/Linux!** Your weekly linux program recommendation and questions thread!

It's Sunday Package Discussion Thread in /Linux! Your weekly linux program recommendation and questions thread!
Welcome to the fourth weekly Package Discussion Thread in /Linux! Sunday, June 15th, 2014
In these threads, inspired by threads in /Android, users and developers of software in Linux come together to share what software we have taken a liking to, been using, have been developing, or otherwise want to give a shoutout to.
Donations: Every week, I'll be donating at least $10 in bitcoin towards a FOSS project (Licensed with GPL/MIT/BSD/Apache/etc). This doesn't need to be a linux desktop app, it can be any FOSS project. The recipient of my bitcoin is chosen by whoever has the top suggestion comment in the thread 24 hours from now. Posters can either specify which project I should donate to, or leave it up to me to decide which of their suggestions gets the donation. If none of accept bitcoin, I'll go down to the next comment, and so on.
Past threads and recognition
Week Number Posting Date Link to Thread Winning Comment Donation Recipient Transaction
1 May 25 2014 Link N/A N/A N/A
2 June 1 2014 Link jumpwah Syncthing 18.61 mBtc
3 June 8 2014 Link veeti beets 15mBtc
Edit: Wooo sticky! Thanks mods :)
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**It's Sunday Package Discussion Thread in /r/Linux!** Your weekly linux program recommendation and questions thread!

Welcome to the third weekly Package Discussion Thread in /Linux! Sunday, June 8th, 2014
In these threads, inspired by threads in /Android, users and developers of software in Linux come together to share what software we have taken a liking to, been using, have been developing, or otherwise want to give a shoutout to.
Donations: Every week, I'll be donating at least $10 in bitcoin towards a FOSS project (Licensed with GPL/MIT/BSD/Apache/etc). This doesn't need to be a linux desktop app, it can be any FOSS project. The recipient of my bitcoin is chosen by whoever has the top suggestion comment in the thread 48 hours from now. Posters can either specify which project I should donate to, or leave it up to me to decide which of their suggestions gets the donation. If none of accept bitcoin, I'll go down to the next comment, and so on.
New this week: Themes! Starting next week, each weekly thread will have theme, such as: Music, Developing Environment, Privacy and Security, Hotkeys and Shortcuts, Finance, Gaming, etc. Commenters are not required to participate, but I'll just encourage commenters to share a little description of what they use that relates to the theme. Again, this is just a fun aside and commenters don't need to share if they would rather just post their regular suggestions.
I will post a theme suggestion comment, where people can reply to nominate themes, and next week the top reply wins! Also, if I get the feeling that this is adding too much complexity to things, I'll scrap it.
Past threads and recognition
Week Number Posting Date Link to Thread Winning Comment Donation Recipient Transaction
1 May 25 2014 Link N/A N/A N/A
2 June 1 2014 Link jumpwah [Syncthing](www.syncthing.net) 18.60754 mBtc
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**It's Sunday Package Discussion Thread in /r/Linux!** Your weekly linux program recommendation and questions thread!

It's Sunday Package Discussion Thread in /Linux! Your weekly linux program recommendation and questions thread!
Welcome to the fifth weekly Package Discussion Thread in /Linux! Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
In these threads, inspired by threads in /Android, users and developers of software in Linux come together to share what software we have taken a liking to, been using, have been developing, or otherwise want to give a shoutout to.
Donations: Every week, I'll be donating at least $10 in bitcoin towards a FOSS project (Licensed with GPL/MIT/BSD/Apache/etc). This doesn't need to be a linux desktop app, it can be any FOSS project. The recipient of my bitcoin is chosen by whoever has the top suggestion comment in the thread 24 hours from now. Posters can either specify which project I should donate to, or leave it up to me to decide which of their suggestions gets the donation. If none of accept bitcoin, I'll go down to the next comment, and so on.
Past threads and recognition
Week Number Posting Date Link to Thread Winning Comment Donation Recipient Transaction
1 May 25 2014 Link N/A N/A N/A
2 June 1 2014 Link jumpwah Syncthing 18.61 mBtc
3 June 8 2014 Link veeti beets 15mBtc
4 Juune 15 2014 Link bluetractor pandoc 20mBtc
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**It's Sunday Package Discussion Thread in /r/Linux!** Your weekly linux program recommendation and questions thread!

Welcome to the second weekly Package Discussion Thread in /Linux! Sunday, June 1st, 2014
In these threads, inspired by threads in /Android, users and developers of software in Linux come together to share what software we have taken a liking to, been using, have been developing, or otherwise want to give a shoutout to.
New this week: I'll be donating $10 in bitcoin towards a FOSS project (Licensed with GPL/MIT/BSD/Apache/etc, and not strictly a package, could be any project) chosen by whoever has the top suggestion comment in the thread 48 hours from now. I'll donate to one of the suggestions in the top comment, and if commenters want to, they can specify which they would like me to donate to. If none accept bitcoin, I'll go down to the next comment, and so on.
Link to previous thread
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**It's Sunday Package Discussion Thread in /r/Linux!** Your weekly linux program recommendation and questions thread!

It's Sunday Package Discussion Thread in /Linux! Your weekly linux program recommendation and questions thread!
Welcome to the sixth weekly Package Discussion Thread in /Linux! Sunday, June 29th, 2014
In these threads, inspired by threads in /Android, users and developers of software in Linux come together to share what software we have taken a liking to, been using, have been developing, or otherwise want to give a shoutout to.
Donations: Every week, I'll be donating at least $10 in bitcoin towards a FOSS project (Licensed with GPL/MIT/BSD/Apache/etc). This doesn't need to be a linux desktop app, it can be any FOSS project. The recipient of my bitcoin is chosen by whoever has the top suggestion comment in the thread 24 hours from now. Posters can either specify which project I should donate to, or leave it up to me to decide which of their suggestions gets the donation. If none of accept bitcoin, I'll go down to the next comment, and so on.
Past threads and recognition
Week Number Posting Date Link to Thread Winning Comment Winning Package Transaction
1 May 25 2014 Link N/A N/A N/A
2 June 1 2014 Link jumpwah Syncthing 18.61 mBtc
3 June 8 2014 Link veeti beets 15mBtc
4 June 15 2014 Link bluetractor pandoc 20mBtc
5 Jone 22 2014 Link FredN KeePassX N/A (dev team never claimed the money)
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The NyanCoin creators are lying about being the "FIRST LICENSED" cryptocurrency

I have asked the Nyancoin creators through their contact form, but they haven't responded to my emails so far. They have responded, see the update at the end of this post.
Also, I was asking the creators to show the official document on the subreddit forum many times, but without any response from them.
I think I know why they do NOT respond. Here is why:
Such license cannot exist under the US legal system. Because both sides of the agreement (licensor and licensee) need to be known. My guess is that Nyancoin creators would like to stay anonymous and therefore they never reveal their names or the name of their company.
So, at this point of time, they are lying to you when they speak about the FIRST licensed cyptocurrency.
Just look here or here. They are telling us that :"We have partnered with the creators of Nyancat to create the first officially licensed cryptocurrency in history!"
Ehm, may I ask who is the licensor (probably Chris Torres aka PRguitarman) and the licensee (Santa Claus?, Jesus?) and where could that document be seen?
And most importantly, what kind of US legal authority can give a stamp on an official license and accept some non-existing etherical Nyancoin entity as a licensee? Take Bitcoin, for example. Bitcoin is licensed under the MIT license.
So, Nyancoin creators should change it to "just ANOTHER GPL licensed cryptocurrency" and make all the logos of Nyancoin and all the associated stuff legal under the same license for everybody.
For example like Bitcoin is licensed (Bitcoin is released under MIT license).
IMO there are only two ways how can Nyancoin creators solve this issue.
1. release Nyancoin under some public license Don't forget to change the statement about first licensed crypto to something like "another MIT licensed crypto".
2. license it as a licensee (remember that legal US authorities need to know your or your company's real name!) from a licensor (PRguitarmen) as you wish (I am almost 100% sure that there is no such official license so far) and let us know who you (the licensee) are.
MY MAIN POINT IS TO MAKE THIS COIN AND ALL THE NAMES AND LOGOS RELEASED UNDER SOME GPL LICENSE AND NOT SOME NON-EXISTING PSEUDO-LICENSE BETWEEN PRGUITARMAN AND "SOME ESOTERIC ENTITY".
Do you realy think that e.g. I can have an official US license with e.g. Razor, EZTV, Anonymous, LulzSec? Do you think these groups can sue me under the US legal system? Do you think that Nyancoin in current form of being a non-existing esoteric entity can sue me under the legal US system if I will sell the Nyancoin T-shirts? Come on!
UPDATE:
The guy from http://nyancoin.org/ website has responded to me a while ago. However, it's still not exactly what I wanted to know and the licensing needs to be resolved and presented in some clear form as soon as possible together with the licensing document presented to the public. The guy has added his first name (not the last name), but I am leaving it out, in case of somebody would like to do something bad to him ;) :
Hi there, sorry for the late reply it's been a crazy week at the office! Unfortunately we cannot provide a link to the license yet as we must follow Chris's (PRguitarman) wishes and instructions on this matter. He has been on a trip in the last few days so I'm sure he and the Nyancat team will have these matters sorted for the public soon.
May I ask what your business is about? Sounds exciting! I'm sure there will be no issues, but just to be sure please let me know what your plans are with Nyancoin and I will immediately contact Chris on the matter. Let me know if you need anything else.
UPDATE 2:
The guy didn't answer to my simple question whether he is a licensee and wrote a standard we-are-not-allowed answer:
Q: You are the licensee?
A: As mentioned earlier, we have to wait for Chris (nyancat owner) to allow us answer these questions. When he gives us the go ahead, we can discuss any legal questions you wish. We have worked very hard to make this happen and have no plans in ruining it by breaching any trust with the Nyancat team.
UPDATE 3:
They banned me from their subreddit forum, because I responded in the thread called:
Over the night (UTC) the NYAN has lost value in comparison to DOGE and LTC. How we gonna respond?
With this:
It's partly because they are not very transparent are probably not telling truth. Read more here: http://www.reddit.com/CryptoCurrency/comments/1wpxzh/the_nyancoin_creators_are_lying_about_being_the/
And this:
The solution is to go public and let us know who you the "Nyancoin" team are and show us the "first official" license. Or if you are affraid to put out your names then forget about the whole licensing stuff completely and release this crypto (as everybody who is pro-community and pro-freedom) under a casual MIT license including logo etc. Only transparency can help you gain the lost respect in your crypto. Read more about it here: http://www.reddit.com/CryptoCurrency/comments/1wpxzh/the_nyancoin_creators_are_lying_about_being_the/
And after that they banned me:
you have been banned from posting to /nyancoins: Official Nyancoin Subreddit.
How mature. What a great proof that they are innocent.
I will be monitoring this case and updating this thread.
UPDATE 4:
The user Simcom http://www.reddit.com/useSimcom is saying that the "ey" part of "they" is Nyancoin LLC. So, we will wait and see, if he is true. Btw. I asked this guy if he is part of the Nyancoin creators team, but he denied that. Now he is telling us that Nyancoin LLC exist. If he is right, this would be another example how you can become a Ripple-mentality-clone of Litecoin. But that's another story and not very important in this case. Whatever the story would be, it's a clear message to all the altcoin creators that being transaprent is the best way to go if you want to stay away of any problems. Always provide proof and always be transparent. If there are any issues answer them as soon as possible.
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Why is the C++ code GPL?

I just saw that the C++ code is licensed as GPL.
https://github.com/ethereum/cpp-ethereum/blob/masteLICENSE
By its nature the hope is that Ethereum will be used in businesses in various industries. There are quite a few businesses that will not touch copyleft licenses with a ten foot pole because it would require their software be made open source.
I know some people feel that is the right thing ideologically, and of course there is the go client if you really need a more business-friendly license, but if people want to embed the cpp code or something similar it becomes problematic.
Can someone explain the logic behind this decision to me? Bitcoin and its derivatives are MIT. Eth will be fighting for adoption with Bitcoin and other alts already, not to mention the long hard road of overall business adoption. Why make it harder than it has to be?
It is also my understanding that code licensed as MIT can later be relicensed as GPL but not vice versa. Other projects such as Bootstrap have already had to deal with this issue.
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