Technetra: Open Source: Protected Philanthropy

[ Thanks to Robert
for this link. ]

“OSS is a process of software development and use whose source
code is based on the protection of intellectual property for the
public good. OSS is always licensed: that is, the author’s creation
is considered to be a property that is released under conditions
stipulated by its owner – the author’s right of control is
never relinquished!

“There are many kinds of proprietary software including MS
Windows (proprietary private interest) and OSS (proprietary public
interest). OSS encompasses all the popular public interest licenses
such as BSD, GPL, and MPL. The GNU organization likes to say it
uses property rights to defeat the restrictions and abuse of
property–fighting fire with fire…”


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