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NewsForge: Free Software, You've Been Framed

May 05, 2006, 13:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has always been concerned about the power of language. Most famously, it is known for insisting on the term 'GNU/Linux' and giving 'free software' equal billing with 'open source' in order to receive its due credit. Now, as the FSF prepares a campaign to inform the general public about the dangers of digital rights management (DRM) technologies, it's struggling with the question of how to enter a debate that the opposition has defined in such a way that opposing views are discredited automatically.

"According to Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF, explaining this tactic and trying to replace loaded terms with more truthful ones will play a large role in the campaign's preparation and likely in the campaign itself..."

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