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Re: On the good neutrality of free software

From: Greg Farough
Subject: Re: On the good neutrality of free software
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:13:11 -0400
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On Fri, Aug 06 2021, Michael McMahon <> wrote:

> If a free software program contains political messages and someone
> does not agree or want the political messages, they could fork the
> project and remove unwanted content as it is free software.  This is
> very different from proprietary software where the four freedoms are
> not present.  Political programs are not equal to proprietary
> software.


Also: RMS clarified the free software definition to address this point
somewhat recently. From what I understand, the program / behavior that
motivated Version 1.165 of the definition was the phone app Tusky's
preventing users from connecting to a certain instance, and displaying
a politically motivated message when they tried to do so.



Greg Farough // Campaigns Manager
Free Software Foundation

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