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Free Software Magazine: A Law for Free Software

Mar 01, 2005, 03:15 (3 Talkback[s])

"Free software, also known as open source, libre software, FOSS, FLOSS and even LOSS, relies on traditional software legal protection, with a twist. Semantics aside (I will describe all the above as 'free software'), the tradition at law is that free software is copyrighted, like most other software, and is not released, unbridled, to the public domain. Authorial or ownership rights can be asserted as with any bit of proprietary software.

"The twist emerges when one examines what a free software licence actually does in contrast with what its proprietary counterpart seeks to achieve..."

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