[ubuntu-uk] The fifth freedom

John Levin john at technolalia.org
Mon Jul 14 22:46:06 BST 2008

Jai Harrison wrote:
> I have been thinking about this for a long time and contacted the FSF
> a while ago concerning how the GPL doesn't ensure my freedoms anymore.
> They directed me to the Affero General Public License and I have
> decided to license any of my work that I release under it to ensure it
> remains free.
> This is a big problem nowadays though. I'm using Google Apps for Your
> Domain which most likely uses code that was previously free. Google is
> one of the companies that makes a lot of money out of free software by
> making it proprietary in a sense that the GPL doesn't prevent. There's
> an interesting post on linux.com about this:
> http://www.linux.com/feature/140934
> What do you guys think about the theft of our freedoms that web
> applications are introducing and on the requirement of a fifth freedom
> to be introduced to protect free software from nasty corporations who
> choose to exploit it (e.g. Google).

And as if by magic, this link poppped into my ubuntu-uk feed today:
"a workgroup convened at the Free Software Foundation, to discuss issues 
of freedom for users given the rise of network services."


John Levin

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