Posted by: Anonymous
on August 11, 2007 06:43 AM
"In my view, the only 'true' freedom is: you trade fairly and without restrictions. Which means, either give away the product as public domain or charge for it in the commercial sense..."
Again with the "either/or." A programmer, developer, or other copyright holder can license the software as they wish, under GPLv2, GPLv3, BSD, public domain, proprietary, or something else. That is the most basic freedom. Fear may or may not have something to do with the license choice.
Both the copyright holder and the end user have obligations to know the license and its implications. Ignorance is not an excuse in this case when facing unintended consequences.