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[DotGNU]software should not have owners (was Re: paying for free softwar

From: S11001001
Subject: [DotGNU]software should not have owners (was Re: paying for free software (was Re: `freeing' proprietary software))
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 23:46:54 -0500
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Angel "Java" Lopez wrote:
> For me, [author control of software] is not unethical. It is a choice
> of the author. And now, with Free Software, it is a choice of the
> user, to accept the author software or reject it in complete. It is
> unethical to obtain a software in a way contrary to author rights
> (this is my point of view). And in general, the control of software
> usage by the author, it's only to prevent the simultaneous multiple
> use, but nothing else.... It's not an Orwellian control.... ;-)

Free software is not a system to give power to an author, it is a system
of giving the users an equal footing in the software.

And as for "author rights", probably my favorite FS essay from RMS; I printed this one out, even though I hate printers; I agree with it completely; you may notice the "sharing proprietary software" paragraph debated earlier in this thread:

"Why Software Should Not Have Owners"

Anyway, if you feel that author rights are important, then that is a
fundamental disagreement, and arguing further about it won't solve

Stephen Compall
DotGNU `Contributor' --

Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy,
distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it
refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

    * The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
    * The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your
    needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition
    for this.
    * The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor
    (freedom 2).
    * The freedom to improve the program, and release your
    improvements to the public, so that the whole community
    benefits. (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a
    precondition for this.
        -- RMS, "The Free Software Definition"

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