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Enforcing the GPL with Judo moves

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"The intent of free software is to render the code that runs the machines that run our lives transparent. In the words of Lawrence Lessig, free software is "free in the sense that the control coders build be transparent to all, and that anyone have the right to take that control, and modify it as he or she sees fit."

The mechanism by which free software achieves this is copyleft. Copyleft is a hack on copyright law that takes away the exclusive rights of the copyright holder and shares them with the user, who is given the right to modify, copy, share and redistribute the software, but must pass on the same rights to any subsequent users.

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