Ok - so this is a learning experience for me. Thanks everyone for your thoughtful responses.
@rpez though that’s one interpretation or pathway for what I’m saying, I personally don’t really like copy far left. I’m not interested in making determinations about the values, organization, or anything else of the people using the material. I just want to propagate openness down the line wherever it goes, which I suppose is GPL v3.
@jcm80 GPL v3 is certainly one step less open. I suppose the most open is simply public domain and call it a day. While that’s fine, I think the success of software (and especially software libraries) in building massive amounts of publicly available code suggests that that relatively small step can have massive positive impacts. So that feels like a worthwhile step to me if possible.
@Javier Those three articles are a great read! Had he not written it, it would have taken years of ‘lawyering’ as he put it to reasonable conclusions about these things. I think his suggestion of using norms rather than the copyrights to enforce copyleft makes sense, that’s probably the route we’ll go.
Finally - while those articles clearly indicate the perils of data copyleft protection, that doesn’t change the fact that it is without question one of the next great frontiers of bottled human knowledge. The future machines which we will be having conversations with, the miniaturized devices which will tell us all kinds of things about our food/soil/bodies, the sources of disaster prediction… these are all models built on data. And anyone building them will tell you that the data is 90% of the work.
So it’s a strange situation where if I built 90% of software code and made it GPL v3, and you added the last 10%, of course you could not make that private.
But if I collect all the data (90% of the work) and share it, and you feed into your proprietary algorithm (10% of the work), you can make it private.
This simply feels like a real problem that needs to be solved.
Reading this also helped me for others interested in understand data and copyright at least in the US. https://emckiernan.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/who-owns-research-data-and-the-rights-to-publish-part-ii/
Thanks all –