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Free Software vs. Software-as-a-Service: Is the GPL Too Weak for the Web?

May 29, 2008, 01:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Baker)

"You've read the GPL's preamble, you can name the Four Freedoms, and you do your best to keep proprietary bits off our computers. But what's the future of free software in the era of Flickr, Google Apps, and Facebook?

"The term free software was defined by Richard Stallman. We know Stallman as the founder of the GNU Project, the author of the General Public License, and founder of the Free Software Foundation. Stallman defined free software this way: not by the price of the software, but by the freedoms it accords to its users..."

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