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The Free Software Foundation defined the term Free Software and is owner of the GNU-licenses.

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What are the details of this accusation regarding the “web app loophole”?

I was recently reading an article, and I came across the following text (emphasis mine): Even that most notorious of “Communist” licenses often cited by paranoid executives as examples of anti-...
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How the big open source firm guarantees their rights [closed]

How big open source companies (Mozilla, Apache, Mysql) enforce their rights for their published code as open source. Take the case of Mozilla, which has invested in the development of its source code,...
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Practical steps to licence Free software and Open Source Projects [closed]

Several discussions have supported the subject of a software license and the majority are limited to offer explanations or definitions (GNU GPL, EULA, BSD License ... etc) without addressing the ...
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How can a repository host comply with a foreign takedown order ethically?

Item C2 in the Free Software Foundation's Ethical Repository Criteria requires that a repository host, such as Savannah or GitLab, "not discriminate [...] against any country". How can this be done ...
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Copyright assignments in Germany

When contributing to some of their projects, the FSF requires you to assign the copyright to your work to the FSF. As I'm German, I'm interested in whether this is compatible with German law. German ...
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Why does the FSF make this recommendation about ranges of copyright years?

In the document “How to use GNU licenses for your own software”, the FSF says: For software with several releases over multiple years, it's okay to use a range (“2008-2010”) instead of listing ...
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What significance & advantages does the OSI say about open source?

At the Philosophy of the GNU Project, there is one page Why we must insist on free software which states the importance/significance and advantages of free software. So, I want to know what OSI ...
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What does the Open Source Initiative say about proprietary software?

I found that FSF considers proprietary software to be unethical (bold emphasis mine): Proprietary Software Is Often Malware Proprietary software, also called nonfree software, means software ...
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Are there any licenses considered free by the OSI and not by the FSF and Vice Versa? [duplicate]

Are there any licenses considered free by the OSI and not by the FSF and Vice Versa? They both seem to further the same point, and all the licenses I saw they both agreed that it was either free or ...
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Why does the FSF continue to use the word “free” if it's ambiguous?

The word "free" is often considered to be unclear, and ambiguous. As such, the word is often used in conjunction with the word "libre", as seen in this answer. In the spirit of clarity, the word "...
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Why are only so few Linux distributions listed by the GNU project?

The GNU project has a list of free GNU/Linux distributions. But it lists only a few Linux distros, although hundreds do exist. Even more, very common distributions like Debian, Linux Mint or Gentoo ...
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Is there a term that means “Free Software and/*or* Open Source (Software)”?

The term Free Software is typically associated with software licensed under an FSF-approved license (The Free Software Definition), and the term Open Source (Software) is typically associated with ...