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BBC News: Why Software Should be Free

Apr 03, 2002, 16:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alfred Hermida)

[ Thanks to Alan Johnson for this link. ]

"Richard Stallman: Free software means that you the user are free to study what the program does, change it to suit your needs, distribute copies to other people and publish improved versions. And if you are not a programmer, you can engage someone else to do it for you.

"Alfred Hermida: We're not talking here of software that is free of commercial value, you can sell this software?

"RS: Those are two different questions. Free software today has tremendous value to commerce and as a separate matter you can sell it. That's part of the freedom. You can make copies and sell it. Everyone has the freedom to do that..."

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