Very interesting, I just can't see me convincing my CFO to pay anything for something that has no contract of support associated. I can pay and the library could still go unmaintained.
Off the top of my head and with only a passing thought, how about a business based stewardship of library forks - paying the original developer if they continue to support it or using a pool of resources to continue if it goes unmaintained? Not sure I'd be happy to have my MIT libraries making other people money as a corporation without any real modification though.
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