You have to own something to license it
I read this in Cory Doctorow's novel Makers last night. Perry, one of the main protagonists, is having a debate with Tjan:
"I don't want to license this. You have to own something to license it. A license is a way of saying, 'Without this license you're forbidden to do this.' You don't need a license to click a link and load a webpage - no one has to give you permission to do this and no one could take it away from you. Licensing just gives people even worse ideas about ownership and permission and property!"