The idea for a Cooperative Software License sounds great, and worker owned coop software license as well. However:
- Why limit it to only worker owned cooperatives? Many businesses make more sense to run as consumer, rather than worker coops. For example, if banks would be coops owned by the bankers instead of customers, it would be worse from a perspective of sharing power more equally and making businesses more accountable to stakeholders. Housing is another area where worker owned coops seem quite difficult as a solution. I think worker coops are the most badass, but other coop are good as well.
- Why call it “Cooperative Software License” if large majority of cooperatives can’t use it? Unfortunately only small share of coops are worker owned. Something like “worker ownership license” might be better description of the license.
Shouldn’t coops be cooperating with all other coops? I think it’s a massive problem that big consumer coops don’t use their resources more to support worker coops. But here it seems is a rare example of worker owned coops not wanting to use their resources (software) to support other coops - which I think in general is a rare, almost non-existent problem, especially compared to the magnitude of the reverse situation. Nevertheless, it could be argued it goes against Principle 6 of cooperation between coops.