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What freedoms you provide to a recipient of a piece of software is orthogonal to what price you charge to transfer a copy of that software to someone. The FSF's position on selling free software is: Actually, we encourage people who redistribute free software to charge as much as they wish or can. If a license does not permit users to make copies and ...


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Free as in beer, is like getting something without payment. Getting food from the community fair (There's one in Toronto that gives free hamburgers to the community every year), something from friends, these are things that you receive without making a payment. You don't pay money. Free as in speech relates to the Free Software Movement. To recognize this, ...


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You're reading too much into the analogy: "free as in speech" is by opposition to "free as in gratis", to help people understand that "free" is about freedom, not price. The FSF don't claim that free software is like freedom of speech (at least not that I'm aware!). As is usual with software (which doesn't mean it's not controversial), the FSF's free ...


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"Free" is ambiguous in English: A free beer is a beer that you don’t have to pay for (you get it for free). A free speech is a speech where you have the right to express your opinion (you are free). To disambiguate the meaning of "free", you can refer to these concepts: free as in beer, if it’s about the price of zero (aka. gratis) free as in speech, if ...


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In general, there's no more or less consequence to publishing controversial proprietary software than there is for free software. Regardless of how you license it, software is software, and people will react to it how they choose. The fact that you've released the source and granted redistribution and modification rights for your controversial software doesn'...


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@Zizouz212 almost got the idea 100%. These ideas are not the same otherwise there would not be two phrases. The big difference with this concept can best be described from a great How-To Geek Article on the subject. "Free as in beer" is when someone gifts to you the software at no cost. You are in no way expected to pay any fee for this or give anything in ...


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Datasets are difficult. They pose no originality, and this is handled differently in different jurisdictions. Some jurisdictions have sui generis database rights, which are handled similarly to, but distinct from copyright. In the United States for example, databases are not under any protection at all. No license can be attached to it, because it holds ...


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You should certainly remove the statement from your distribution going forward, but here are several points to consider to put your mind at ease about your past mistake: "Free software" is not a legal term of art, and has two common meanings even in everyday usage: the English word "free" admits both "freedom-respecting software" and "software available ...


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Do you need a new feature for Notepad++? Do the Notepad++ developers ignore your pleas? Do you lack the expertise to hack it yourself? When that is the case, I can create a Notepad++ fork for you with the feature you need. I will license it to you under the GPL, because the original Notepad++ license leaves me no other choice. That means you are free to ...


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Does the Open Database License (ODbL) solve a part of your problem? If you alter or build upon our data, you may distribute the result only under the same licence. It is in use by OpenStreetMap, and a.o. ensures coverage of the world gets more granular over time.


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This question is answered up front in the FSF's What is free software?, which starts out by using the often quoted "free beer" / "free speech" analogy. Quote: “Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “...


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Free software is a movement concerned with software that respects the user's freedom. A particular piece of software is either licensed in a way that respects the FSF's four freedoms, or it is not. Whether or not the author of that software makes a living doing what he pleases is a separate concern. This question seems to ask, "How do I make a living ...


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It is impossible to answer the question of how much your sales will be impacted by making the source of your game available. However, there are a number of consequences that can be linked to the steps you intend to make. Making the source code available, even without any freedoms, means that competitors can easily reconstruct your innovative algorithms and ...


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