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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] [gnu.org #829168] GNUzilla and IceCat for Windows?

From: Julian
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] [gnu.org #829168] GNUzilla and IceCat for Windows?
Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 20:02:06 -0400
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On 05/12/2013 05:46 PM, al3xu5 / dotcommon wrote:
But respect to people's freedom, selling a software could make it not "free" as
people whitout the money to buy it cannot take any benefit from the four rights!

Why should people be prevented from engaging in capitalist behavior? Forcing people to only give away copies gratis is not freedom, it's a restriction.

I guess you must be a socialist, which is fine. The thing is, though, using the power of copyright to enforce socialism is not what free software is about at all. Free software is about freedom; if you enforce socialism by only allowing non-commercial redistribution, your software is proprietary, not free.

I'm not even a supporter of capitalism. I identify most closely as a left libertarian; I would love to see a free society built on cooperation rather than capitalism. The key here, though, is /free/. If people are forced to only work for the greater good, it is not a free society.

Besides, your argument is moot; if someone sells copies of free software, you don't have to pay them. You can ask somebody else who has a copy and get it from them.

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