Voice of the Masses: Should FOSS licenses block adware?

There’s been plenty of furore about SourceForge in the last few weeks, and specifically its bundling of adware with installers for open source software. Which raises the question: should free and open source software licenses be modified to prevent this from happening? Should we add clauses that make it impossible to ship adware alongside FOSS programs?

Or alternatively, would these clauses go against the spirit of freedom in FOSS, and we should accept that some people will try to monetise open source programs? Maybe we should simply follow the example of the JSON team: “The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil”. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll read out the best in our next podcast recording.


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