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NewsForge: Open letter from Richard M. Stallman on NewsForge licensing story

Oct 27, 2000, 15:36 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard M. Stallman)

[ Thanks to Tina Gasperson for this link. ]

"Editor's note: I contacted RMS and asked him to comment on the Licensing story we posted yesterday. Last night, I received an email from him. It is published here, unedited."

"It is misleading to describe the GNU GPL as 'open source licensing', because it was not developed by the Open Source Movement. I wrote it as part of the Free Software Movement."

"The Open Source Movement gets a lot of publicity nowadays, with the result that people often think they have absorbed or replaced the Free Software Movement. Media articles labeling our work as 'open source' often feed this confusion; every week I get mail from someone addressing me mistakenly as a fellow 'open source developer'. There must be thousands of people who support the Open Source Movement because they think I do."

"The open source people have a right to promote their views, but we would like our work to promote our views. The Open Source Movement does include the GNU GPL in its list of recommended licenses, but please describe it as a 'free software license', so that people will not get the wrong idea of where it comes from and what its purpose is."

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