Tuesday, August 22, 2017

React Javascript Framework not open source and losses out to AngularJS

React is out, AngularJS just got a huge bump. React is no longer truly "open source".

Facebook is pushing a licensing model called “BSD + patents” in all their projects, including the wildly popular React Javascript framework. 

“BSD + patents” essentially means that the code is open (for everyone to see and use), but it’s always copyrighted by Facebook. And they grant you a patent license as long as you’re nice to them by never suing Facebook for patent infringement.

The instant you sue Facebook, your patent rights for React — and any other Facebook ‘open source’ technology you happen to use) — are automatically revoked.

From https://medium.com/@raulk/if-youre-a-startup-you-should-not-use-react-reflecting-on-the-bsd-patents-license-b049d4a67dd2

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