Apparently there are still a lot of people out there that don't understand that most #OpenSource and #CreativeCommons licenses require attribution where you give credit to the creators whose work you are reusing or building upon. Being a good digital citizen and doing this only helps grow the commons. Don't forget.

@downey The licenses, they are not open source, because they are not code.

And in terms of licenses used in Free Software, such as GNU GPL support user freedom. If you give credit or you're not bound to it.

Regarding CC licenses that include the attribution clause, in those if you are obliged to attribute credit.

I Recommend the use of the term Free Software and not open source, since the term open source, has no intention to promote the freedom of users, but only the good of the code. #gnu

@isharefreedom @downey

Yeah, but no. FSF do not respect their own rule 0 in their GPL.


"The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0)."

From the GNU Manifesto, and in some form shows up in most GPL's.

"GNU is not in the public domain. Everyone will be permitted to modify and redistribute GNU, but no distributor will be allowed to restrict its further redistribution. That is to say, proprietary modifications will not be allowed
Copyleft is not individual freedom of use."

@jmw150 @isharefreedom @downey I'm not a computer scientist but my basic knowledge of the English language tells me that those two things dont actually contradict

@Hyolobrika @downey @isharefreedom

They mostly do not. It is why groups like FOSS and FOSH are so successful. But everybody has their own license, or set of licenses, these days, and the particulars make these things distinct.

@jmw150 @Hyolobrika @downey Published software should be free software. To make it free software, you need to release it under a free software license. We normally use the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), specifying version 3 or any later version, but occasionally we use other free software licenses. We use only licenses that are compatible with the GNU GPL for GNU software.

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