Open source is eating the world. Companies have realized and embraced that, and ever more companies today are built around a successful open source project.

But there’s also a disturbing counter-movement:
vendors relicensing popular open source projects to restrict usage.

Last week it was Grafana Labs which announced relicensing Grafana, Loki and Tempo, its popular open source monitoring tools, from Apache2.0 to the more restrictive GNU AGPLv3 license.

This comes at the heel of Elastic’s move a couple of months ago, relicensing Elasticsearch and Kibana, previously Apache2.0 licensed, to a non-open-source dual license based on SSPL (Server Side Public License).

Dotan Horovits

Technology evangelist, innovation enthusiast, Startup Nation resident, proud father. http://linkedin.com/in/horovits/

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