The Economist, has done a wonderful article on Lawrence Lessig, (his personal website) someone I see as being on the Supreme Court should a Democrat president experience an opening between 2020 and 2036.  In doing some follow-up about licensing options I discovered what may be the best licensing scheme evar, beerware.  Should I start drinking or should my brother ever create something, I think that license may be used.  I also believe some freeware distributors would be much better compensated by releasing their goods under this scheme