[pp.int.general] Significance of use of Free and proprietarysoftware in a political context
Richard M Stallman
rms at gnu.org
Sun Feb 1 07:30:56 CET 2009
And I think it is actually
acceptable if it is used as a generic term ONLY, i.e. a shorthand for a list
That position would be valid, if talking about this whole list of laws
as a unit were ever sensible. But that's exactly what we should teach
people not to do! The way we encourage other people not to lump these
laws is by example -- by never lumping them together ourselves.
That means that the sort of statements for which such a generalization
could be useful are precisely the statements we should conspicuously
refuse to make.
BTW the word "protection" is also (perhaps oven more) objectionable.
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