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By Richard M. Stallman, Lawrence Lessig, Joshua Gay, Laurence Lessig

This can be the publication to learn to benefit concerning the roots, the background of the loose software program stream began through Richard Stallman within the early 1980's.
Here in one publication are defined the entire significant ideas of loose software program. additionally you will discover the background of the GNU basic Public license or GNU GPL for brief. this is often the main commonly used loose software program license.

The foundation of the GNU working approach and its version the GNU/Linux working method is usually covered.

The significance of the loose software program move can't be overstated.
It is the loose software program move and its top association the loose software program origin that encouraged different teams that experience its origins in it comparable to the "Open resource" movement.
The books explains the consequences of copyright legislation and patent legislation on innovation and society.

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This rule does not conflict with the central freedoms; rather it protects them. Thus, you may have paid money to get copies of free software, or you may have obtained copies at no charge. But regardless of how you got your copies, you always have the freedom to copy and change the software, even to sell copies. ” A free program must be available for commercial use, commercial development, and commercial distribution. Commercial development of free software is no longer unusual; such free commercial software is very important.

The machines should be complete, ready to use systems, approved for use in a residential area, and not in need of sophisticated cooling or power. I have found very many programmers eager to contribute part-time work for GNU. For most projects, such part-time distributed work would be very hard to coordinate; the independently-written parts would not work together. But for the particular task of replacing Unix, this problem is absent. A complete Unix system contains hundreds of utility programs, each of which is documented separately.

This reduces the amount of wealth that humanity derives from the program. When there is a deliberate choice to restrict, the harmful consequences are deliberate destruction. The reason a good citizen does not use such destructive means to become wealthier is that, if everyone did so, we would all become poorer from the mutual destructiveness. This is Kantian ethics; or, the Golden Rule. Since I do not like the consequences that result if everyone hoards information, I am required to consider it wrong for one to do so.

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