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

“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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