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Comment #1 posted on 2022-05-04 16:08:12 by Kevin O'Brien
Open source vs. free software
I think it can be useful to distinguish between open source and free software when you address this issue. Free software respects the 4 freedoms as published by the FSF. And one thing I recall being discussed there is the idea that you cannot stop certain users, such as the military, from using free software. The GPL specifies the only requirements for legally using free software, and any user who respects those requirements is legally licensed to use the software.
Comment #2 posted on 2022-05-05 07:09:42 by Some Guy On The Internet
The freedom to Advertise.
Kevin O'Brien, Thank you for your reply. I agree, Open Source and Freedom respecting software is usually a joint effort, but in this argument we can use more perspective. The “Open Source” is only one element, but the “Free” nature of the software and it’s community must be considered when discussing the actions of community and the usage of It’s software. If Companies, in the U.S. are considered people, respect and follow the Four Freedoms then they too should be able to promote their versions of the software; or do you disagree?
Comment #3 posted on 2022-05-05 21:11:10 by Kevin O'Brien
I'm pretty basic on this. If they follow the 4 freedoms, it is free software. If it includes advertising, then someone else can fork it and remove the advertising, all perfectly legally.
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