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Re: Matt Assay Tells the Truth

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: Matt Assay Tells the Truth
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:33:03 -0500
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Hyman Rosen wrote:
Rjack wrote:
Egad!! I thought *freedom* for software developers meant licensing their software any way they wished. I didn't know it was the GPL or the highway.

This is absolutely correct. Freedom for software developers means
that they may license their software any way they wish. The FSF promotes freedom for users, however, not software developers, and the freedom of users is adversely affected when software developers choose non-free licenses.

Why don't you write the editors of these publishers:

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and explain to them that their definition of "freedom" is wrong.
Perhaps after they change their definition to suit Stallman's
philosophy you'll have a better chance of making all of us ardent

Your link to the self-serving rant by Richard Stallman does nothing but confirm his monomanical compulsion to destroy the concept of intellectual property.

Stallman believes that users of software should have the freedom to run, read, modify, and share it.

My God! However did society ever manage before Stallman came along?
We're so grateful he's saving us from ourselves.

In the case of X Window, for a very long time its users had those
 freedoms, but they could have been lost because the organization
primarily responsible for it had the legal right to do so. Therefore, he urges that free software developers use the GPL to prevent situations like this from occurring.

Notice that the FSF does nothing at all

Except file bogus lawsuits in attempts to intimidate folks into
believing the GPL is an enforceable legal contract.

to prevent software developers from doing anything they wish, as long as they do not involve themselves with GPLed code. They operate by presenting attractive alternatives so that developers of non-free software are disadvantaged in the marketplace by having to duplicate functionality that is available for free to free software developers.

To the extent that this upsets you, they are succeeding.

Upset? I don't have to file bogus copyright lawsuits to concisely
express my views. That fact leaves me at peace.

Rjack :)

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