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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Non-Commercial clauses Reply with quote

Of course I know that BLAG is a 100% Free distro, and that's the main reason why I like it. But, is your "free" definition the same as the Free Software Foundation?

I don't agree with them at least in one point. Their "Freedom 0" - in their vision - means that I can use a software as I want, for example I must be free to sell it. That's why some licenses (like MAME license or BY-NC-SA) are not accepted by the FSF. I'm italian, so let me know that this is the Silvio Berlusconi's definition of Freedom (his political alliance was previously named "house of freedoms").
GPL grants the "four freedoms" to the people who receive a copy of the software. But what if I don't have money? Well, if the software is not "free as in free beer" I won't receive a copy, so I'm not even free to run the program. I don't care about the freedom of rich people, it's not my problem.
Intellectual property does not exist, they say. But it can be sold. It sounds weird to me...

PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The FSF does not qualify licenses with "non-commercial"
terms as free because it means that (both)
(0) you can't use the program to do any work in exchange to any
material reward. I believe this must be allowed even in communistic
society, and if the program prohibits this, it is restricted in an essential
way; it is not free.

(1) you can't sell the program, that is, whenever you get it, you get
it free of charge.

Free software does addresses the issue of unreasonable
prices,indirectly, but satisfactorily, and the copylefted
programs address it more efficiently than the non-copylefted ones.

If you are the only person who needs the program, then its' price
is your deeply personal problem, you should not represent it
as a global or a social one (and freedom _is_ inherently a social
issue); in other words, if you don't care of the rich, who are rare,
but multiple, why should anybody care of you, who is single?

And if there are many people who need the program, then
the statement "if I have no money, I can't get the program"
is false for free programs, because you can cooperate
with other people, buy a copy and reproduce it as many times
as you need.

Please note that I don't sympathise with any form of capitalism,
but I think that it is much more important for a program to be free
than not to be commercial.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ineiev wrote:

(1) you can't sell the program, that is, whenever you get it, you get
it free of charge.

Sorry! the copyright holder still may sell it.

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 5:26 am    Post subject: i got it Reply with quote

hmmm... i guess it's right to think about that. ..,.
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