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Re: Should we take steps to reduce russian access to Free Software?

From: Aaron Wolf
Subject: Re: Should we take steps to reduce russian access to Free Software?
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 07:32:39 -0800

Oh ABSOLUTELY, 100% support your suggestion!

There is NO conflict between software freedom and making political statements!

It is perfectly sensible for anyone, including FSF or individual projects or developers, to make a strong public statement condemning acts of war and stating explicitly that we do not support the use of our software by the Russian military, even though their use is legal.

I think it makes complete sense for anyone who makes free software or any other resources to go ahead and make political statements. It's still free software if it includes a note saying "I don't want anyone to use this in support of war or violence" or any similar sort of political statement. It's not a license, it's not discrimination through legal power, it's just a message on a human level.

Acknowledging that we don't have the power to stop the use of software and don't support discriminatory licensing, we are still totally free to make statements and requests about the use of software!

In solidarity,

On 2022-02-25 04:15, Devin Ulibarri wrote:

Jean Louis:
Overall do not forget Freedom 0 -- all people are free to use software
as they wish.

Yes, and I take it somewhat as a given that most people subscribed to
the list already know this, and its implications.

That being said, the economic sanctions affect distribution of
membership cards and shop items to Russia -- as they would for any other
US organization at this time.


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