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FSF works with PayPal to the benefit of the free software community

Nov 24, 2009, 20:32 (6 Talkback[s])

"A large number of people in the free software community feel that PayPal is a convenient way to send money to others. Part of the reason for this is that you can use many of PayPal's services with only free software--they typically don't require special proprietary software, or even JavaScript.

"However, FSF recently discovered that PayPal had added a proprietary software license to its User Agreement. FSF license compliance engineer Brett Smith explained, "Of course, the FSF couldn't agree to those terms, so as soon as we learned about them, we contacted PayPal to see if we could make other arrangements. The company listened to our concerns, and specifically excepted us from these conditions. But not only that: next year, PayPal is also updating its user agreement to ensure that the free software community can continue to receive and make payments without having to accept a proprietary software license."

"FSF executive director Peter Brown said, "We'd like to express our appreciation to PayPal for taking time to hear us out and make this change."

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